Lee Boyce remind me of the reminds me of the old Cracker Jacks candy. In each box, you got a surprise.
Boyce’s training advice/articles are the same. Sometimes there’s good information and other time, as in his present article, “Stupid Exercise That Need to Die”, there poor advice.
The case in point is the Kipping Pull Up; it not a completely bad or “Stupid Exercise”.
It is actually a pretty good Upper Body Power Training Movement. That’s not only based on my opinion but…Chris Thibaudeau’s…
Kipping and Push-Pressing
A kipping pull-up is to a pull-up what the [push press] is to the strict overhead press.
In both a kipping pull-up and a push press you’re using the momentum created by the lower body to help with what is normally an upper body movement. And the more momentum you can create with the lower body, the easier the movement becomes – you can do more weight or more reps.
So, is the push press also cheating? Or just a different exercise than the standing military press? One thing is for sure: in both cases, the person doing it can either look very athletic, coordinated and powerful, or look like someone having a seizure.
Heck, I’m very fond of the snatch-grip high pull, which is pretty similar to the kipping pull-up: you’re using a lot of lower body drive to get the bar upward to your chest without having to use that much arm strength. Am I cheating?
Thibaudeau (in his article) explain when to use the Kipping Pull Upnd when not to.