The Irish are literally head over heels for Jeff Tucker of GSX Athletics.
Leaving the Lone Star State for the Emerald Isle, Tucker visited Elite 400/CrossFit Northern Island on Aug. 29-30, 2009, for a cert at the site of the Europe Regional Qualifier for the CrossFit Games.
During the cert, Tucker taught an athlete named Helzy how to do the back tuck by taking her through several progressions before spotting her as she performed the movement. After landing on her bottom in front of a supportive group, Helzy found a better landing and posed for the “judges.”
“This is how I used to pick up chicks in the bowling alley,” the gregarious Tucker said of the back tuck. “No shit. Throw a strike, do a back tuck—they think you’re kind of sexy.”
Bowling-alley romance aside, Tucker says the back tuck is also good for self-esteem and learning how to move your body.
Tucker was head coach and director of Texas Christian University’s gymnastics/cheerleading programs from 2001 to 2006 and now conducts CrossFit’s Gymnastics Certifications.
Additional reading: Why Train Gymnastics Basics? by Jeff Tucker, published Aug. 1, 2008.