Leif Edmundson and Hollis Molloy from CrossFit Santa Cruz looked at the cost of new gymnastics parallel bars (approximately $2,500 plus shipping) and decided to make their own. Less than $500 and a couple of days later, the gym had functional P-bars.
Tony Budding talks with Leif at the end of the first day of a Coaches Prep Course. Leif gives a brief overview of how he and Hollis made the bars and how they’re used at the gym. Tony then grabs two of the participants, both of whom were gymnasts as teens but had never played on the P-bars. He takes them through some very basic moves that are manageable but not as easy as they look.
In its most basic function, gymnastics is the art of controlling your own body in three-dimensional space. Supports, swings and inversions on the P-bars test that control in ways standard CrossFit movements can’t.
Tony has no formal training in gymnastics and isn’t trying to create gymnasts. Instead, these videos show that anyone can (and should) benefit from playing with basic gymnastics movements.
Part 1: 9min 43sec
Part 2: 10min 52sec
Additional reading: Gymnastics & Tumbling by Greg Glassman, a review and reprint of the gymnastics manual originally published by the U.S. Navy in 1944.