Did you ever imagine that your knees-to-elbows skills can translate into a backflip, or that a muscle-up can help you climb walls? Let Carl Paoli teach you how.
Paoli is an elite gymnast and coach at San Francisco CrossFit, and he also runs his own practice called Naka Athletics. In Part 1, Paoli teaches us the backflip, saying, “It’s actually one of the easiest tricks in the book.” Paoli almost makes the backflip look simple as he breaks it down into its component positions and relates each to familiar CrossFit movements like the hang power clean and knees-to-elbows.
After the backflip, Paoli tackles wall climbs—and events at the 2010 CrossFit Games demonstrated that parkour training for climbing walls can be very useful.
Watch and learn how to translate your CrossFit skills into something even more extraordinary.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Why Train Gymnastics Basics? by Jeff Tucker, published Aug. 1, 2008.