What does a back tuck have to do with Olympic lifting or Fran?
According to Jeff Tucker of GSX Athletics, the answer is, “A lot.”
Gymnastics is all about efficiently moving your body with strength and power, and improvements in your gymnastics movements will often bring about impressive gains in other aspects of CrossFit. That’s probably why Greg Glassman made gymnastics one of the foundations of CrossFit and reintroduced the rings to the fitness world.
“The reality is I want to take our skills and drills from gymnastics—the sport of gymnastics—and make it applicable to what we do daily in the box,” Tucker says.
A Gymnastics Cert is also a great place to learn more about coaching and movement—how to motivate athletes while keeping them safe as you teach them to control their bodies and build strength.
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.
Video by CrossFit by Overload.
Additional reading: Why Train Gymnastics Basics? by Jeff Tucker, published Aug. 1, 2008.