One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


One Day I Will Kip!

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So I had a pretty productive and good day overall. After recording the #wycwyc podcast with Carla, I edited that and cooked myself an awesome lunch. Then I worked on FitBloggin‘ and wrote an article for a client before making dinner with Ryan.

The day started, however, at the gym and I left frustrated with myself.

I’ve been CrossFitting for 2 years now and I’m still not proficient at pull-ups. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve made HUGE strides but I’m pretty much where I was last year at this time. I can do 1 strict, sometimes 2 and that’s it.

In CrossFit lots of folks do what’s called a kipping pull-up. It’s something I decided I wouldn’t work on until I felt strong enough with traditional pull-ups because there is a risk of injury.

Well, today I tried them again and failed miserably … again.

This is me staring the bar down during today’s workout.


I ended up doing single stricts just to get through the workout, which is great! But I really, REALLY want to be able to kip them.

I view the kip as a key movement for most of CrossFit and it may seem silly but I really want to one day be proficient enough to compete in Rx competitions. Of course by the time I do get them I’ll probably be a “master” (40+) but that’s another story.

Anyway, I dug up a pretty good training video on the kip and I’m going to start practicing more regularly again.

It’s amazing how much progress I made with pull-ups simply by working on them a little bit each day. I’m just going to have to make them a priority again. My goal is to post a video of me doing 5 kipping pull-ups in a row before the end of the year.

Food Journal

  • 7:45 a.m. 2 hard-boiled eggs and leftover spiced sweet potatoes
  • 10 a.m. Stomach growling, busy morning, grabbed a Larabar
  • 12:30 For lunch I had some fun. I really wanted to make something different so I played my own game of Chopped with fresh beets, black beans, feta and arugula. The result was a fantastic veggie burger. I’ll get this up on GreenLiteBites ASAP!
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  • 3:30 p.m. Hungry so I grabbed another beet and black bean burger patty and ate it solo with a side of quinoa chips
  • 6 p.m. Salmon, farro and roasted cauliflower
  • 8 p.m. Air-popped popcorn with coconut oil and salt

Activity Journal

  • 6 a.m. Workout: It was find a new 1 rep max on bench press and I failed miserably. I hit 120 lbs for 1  but my record is 130. I just wasn’t feeling it. We also did “Cindy,” which is 20 minutes of 5 pulls, 10 push ups, 15 squats.  I did 7 rounds doing single pull-ups and hand released pull-ups.
  • 9 p.m. Rolled out a bit while watching TV


  • Water… OK.
  • Supplements taken

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    March 19, 2015

    Kips are difficult. My now 11 y/o gymnast daughter trained for about 2 years before she could do a kip. Coaches say that the timing is different for everyone.

    Don’t worry – it will come. (I think I told my daughter that at least twice a week for months before she finally got it).


      March 22, 2015

      WOW that actually makes me feel better! I feel like it comes so easy to some and for me it’s really really tough!


    March 19, 2015

    Can you kip toes to bar? I’ve been doing CrossFit for 8 months, and while close to being able to do a strict pull-up, am obviously a ways off from kipping them. However, I really want to learn to kip my TTB. I know my shoulders probably need some more work to get there (my shoulder stability is my weakest link by far!). Today’s WOD was a 12min AMRAP that started with 25TTB. While I knew I could just bust out knees to chest in a minute, I was determined to do all 25 as strict TTB. Six and a half minutes later, I finally completed them. Ugh. Anyhow, all that to say that I understand your frustration on some level and also want to learn to kip!


      March 21, 2015

      I was going to ask the same question as Carrie, can you kip T2Bs? I think it is easier to learn the kipping motion on T2Bs vs on pullups. That said, my first kipping pullup looked more like the way people kip the lockout on a muscle up or HSPU: bend knees and kick down. I often find myself doing a slight kipping motion naturally when doing high rep sets of banded pullups (just switching between a fully extended hip to a hollow rock position is enough to get me that last inch or two).

      All that being said, I was really surprised that CF really didn’t get me that much better at doing pullups. I really think it is one of those things you need to set aside regular skill/strength time to work on outside of class.


      March 22, 2015

      I think you’re right. It needs it’s own attention.


      March 22, 2015

      I can “kind of” kip T2B definitely better than pull ups for sure. I think what I may do is keep working on strict pull ups and kipping T2B and then in work my way up from there.

    Claude (Ironman) M.

    March 19, 2015

    Yes, it’s all about timing and being in the right space at the right time. Study the girl in the video and visualize it in all it’s details. Before falling asleep at night is a great time to see your success. I did that with a gymnastics routine that I aced decades ago. Strength is the lesser issue here.
    Since then, I’ve done it with all my races, it really works. On your movie screen, you always succeed!


    March 19, 2015

    My gym doesn’t support kipping until people have 8-10 perfect chest to bar pull-ups because there’s just too much risk for injury.


      March 22, 2015

      My goal was strict first too but that many?? I’m not sure I’ll ever get there!

    Katie M.

    March 19, 2015

    You and me both. Been doing CrossFit about eight months and I so want to master kipping. It SHOULD be the easier way to do a pull-up and I know it will be once I master it, but it’s certainly a long time to get there!


    March 20, 2015

    Wow, go Eva T! She makes that look so effortless. I’m sending “you can do it!” kipping vibes your way – looking forward to your video!