How to do a Kip on Bars

How to Do a Kip

Three Parts:

A kip is an intermediate-level gymnastics move that is primarily a way to mount the high or low bar or to move from one bar to the other. Both men's and women's gymnastics use the kip, but they are done on slightly different equipment for each. Kipping is an essential skill for gymnasts, especially for gymnasts who compete in bar routines.


Learning to Glide Swing

  1. Stand up to three feet away from the low bar.You may stand flat on the ground, or you may use a springboard.
    • Standing too far away may cause you to miss the bar when you jump for it.
    • If you jump from the ground, you will have to jump equally up and forward to catch the bar. If you jump from a springboard, you will likely only have to focus more on moving forward in your jump.
  2. Bend your knees slightly and hold your arms out in front of you to prepare for the jump.Your bent knees prepare you to make the jump, while your outstretched arms will enable you to quickly and easily catch the bar.
    • Line your hands up with the height of the bar in order to more easily catch it.
    • Keep your feet flat on the floor or springboard.
  3. Push forward from the slightly crouched position to jump for the bar.Keep your arms outstretched in front of you to grab the bar.
    • Your arms will likely need to be higher above your head if you are jumping from the ground. On the other hand, if you are jumping from a springboard, you will be able to keep your hands in front of you, rather than above you.
    • A small jump is required, just enough to give you momentum to get to the bar and start your glide swing. Too much force in your jump will cause you to rise above the low bar and may set your kip off to a messy start.
  4. Grab the bar and begin to glide your body below it.Hang from the bar once you grab it, allowing your body to swing below it.
    • You may choose to keep your legs together in a pike for your glide swing. If so, keep your body slightly bent at the hips so that your feet do not hit the floor.
    • Another option is to spread your legs into a straddle position. If you choose this position, you can keep your body straight, as your legs will be lifted high enough from the floor.
  5. Glide below the bar until your body extends on the other side of it.Maintain your pike or straddle position with your legs until you reach the other side of the bar.
    • Your arms should be extended straight once you swing to the other side of the bar.
  6. Thrust your hips forward and straighten your whole body.As you end the glide swing, you are preparing your body to transition into the next move, which is the pike-up.
    • If you completed your glide swing with straddled legs, bring them together in a pike position as you thrust your hips forward.
    • If you did the glide swing in a pike, then straighten out your hips so that your body flattens.

Learning to Pike-Up

  1. Scoop your stomach at the peak of the glide swing.The peak of the glide swing is the moment when your body stops moving forward and begins to swing back.
    • You are preparing to fold your body for the pike-up, so pulling your stomach back into a scooped position makes it easier to pull your legs up.
  2. Lift your feet toward the bar.As your body swings back, quickly lift your feet so that they point upward.
    • Your torso should be about parallel to the floor when you do your pike-up so that your hips are bent at about a 90-degree angle.
    • Keep your legs together in a pike position while you lift them upward.
  3. Bring the tip of your toes to the bar.At the end of your pike-up, your toes should touch the bar.
    • This is the end of the pike-up, so from this position, you will finish the kip with a pull-up.
    • Remember to keep your legs and feet squeezed together in the pike position to maintain speed and safety.

Learning to Pull Up

  1. Swing backward from the peak of the pike-up.Allow your body to follow the natural swing backward, and keep your arms straight while you do so.
    • Keep your body tucked close to the bar while you swing, though, to easily pull yourself up later. Specifically, you need to keep your hips close to the bar.
    • Imagine this as rocking backward under the bar. Your head should rise higher on the other side of the bar as you swing back, while your legs come down.
  2. Drop your legs while your body swings back.This puts your body back in a full pike position, enabling you to pull-up when you reach the other side of the bar again.
    • Allow the momentum of dropping your legs to push your body upward. This will help you as you start to pull up.
  3. Pull your body upward above the bar.You will almost rotate your hips around the bar to pull yourself up, which is why it is so essential in earlier steps to keep your hips close to the bar.
    • Your legs will likely swing back and away from the bar as you pull yourself up. Maintain the pike but allow them to swing, because they are simply following the momentum of the natural movement. This also prepares you for the next step.
  4. Flick your wrists over the bar once your torso is above it.This allows you to hold yourself above the bar without losing your grip.
    • You may have to shift your hands just a bit to get them into this stronger hold, but do not let go of the bar.
  5. Allow your legs to hang straight down from the bar while holding your torso upright.This is the end of the kip, and from this position, you can continue on with your bar routine.
    • Keep your abdominal muscles contracted to help hold your position.
    • Your hips should rest on the bar, while your arms are straight and you look forward ahead of you.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I prevent tapping on the other side?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Do some abs work outs like v snaps, tuck snaps, straddle snaps, sit ups. Hold you feet to the bar for 1 minute and do lots of kips. Try your hardest to keep your feet up. Don't give up.
  • Question
    How do I shoot my legs out after pulling my toes to the bar?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You jump to the bar, put your toes to the bar and shoot your legs out and push up with all of your strength.
  • Question
    Are there any ways to practice flicking your wrist to get on the bar?
    Matheson Lupo
    Community Answer
    Get a pbc pipe, a heavy stuffed animal and some string/yarn. Tie the stuffed animal to the string and then the end of the string to the pipe. Then, put your arms out straight and shift your wrists.
  • Question
    Will strong arm muscles help me do a kip?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, strong arms will help you learn to do a kip.
  • Question
    I'm a level 4 gymnast. I arch my back when I do my kip, and I can't stop. How do I fix this?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try getting someone to spot you and straighten your back. Once you think you can do it without an arched back, try it on your own. Remember, practice makes perfect. Don't forget that! You will get there in the end.
  • Question
    What are some strengthening exercises that I can do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try pull-ups, leg-lifts, and rope climbs. You will also need strong abdominal muscles, so make sure you do ab exercises every day.
  • Question
    I am having trouble with part three. Are there any exercises that would help me to do this?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Practice pulling yourself to the bar. For example; stand on a box or the ground put your hands on the bar and jump your hips to the bar. Do this a few times until you get the momentum and remember it's one of the hardest skills to get on bars so it might take a bit but never give up.
  • Question
    What does pike up mean?
    Community Answer
    A pike up in a kip is when your legs stay together in a pike position while kipping.
  • Question
    How do I bring myself up to the bar because I have a meet coming up within a 2 weeks?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Ask your coach to help you prepare for your meet. If they can't, just try to get some work in on your own time so you feel comfortable with your routine.
  • Question
    I am so close, but when I snap down, I always fall. My teacher only gives me a one finger spot! Should I keep my shoulders over the bar?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try getting more momentum in the swing, or lifting your legs up earlier. It's OK if in your first few tries you have to wiggle your legs to get over the bar; try just doing the motion more, more swing, more power, roll your hands forward quickly and push your body close to the bar at the very last second, so you don't lose momentum. If it still doesn't work, consider building your arm and strength.
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  • Strengthen your body with a variety of exercises while learning how to do a kip. The three most important areas of focus for this move are your abdominal, arm, and shoulder muscles.
  • Have patience while you learn to kip. For most gymnasts, it takes a few months to master.
  • If you keep banging your ribs on the bar make sure to shift your wrists and lean over the bar.
  • Remember to extend out your legs in your glide and snap your toes to the bar and pull HARD to get up.


  • Have a trained gymnastics coach present with you while you learn and practice kipping. He or she will need to spot you and assist you with the different components until you master it.

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