CrossFit’s gymnastics component is not properly developed at many affiliates, Jeff Tucker tells participants at a gymnastics certification seminar. Too many people are too fearful they know too little. So they shy away from gymnastics, one of CrossFit’s foundations. And that’s just plain wrong.
When most people think of gymnastics, they think of Nadia Comaneci. But gymnastics is really nothing more than body movement. For CrossFit, gymnastics is a series of skills and drills used in WODs.
There is no real reason to substitute dips and pull ups for muscle ups. It’s just a matter of learning the progressions to the muscle up.
The video also includes shout outs to Kelly Moore and Jon Gilson, plus a foray to ancient Greece for some remarks on the Greek ideal of fitness and life.
Jeff Tucker (just “Tucker” to most folks) is a retired 20-year member of the Fort Worth Fire Department, where he served as a firefighter and arson/bomb investigator. He was head coach and director of Texas Christian University's gymnastics/cheerleading programs from 2001 to 2006, and he holds a multitude of degrees and certifications. He currently owns and operates GSX Athletics in Fort Worth, Texas, which specializes in Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, CrossFit, and private athletic instruction.