Carl Paoli is an elite gymnast and coach at San Francisco CrossFit who also runs his own practice called Naka Athletics. Today, Paoli teaches us how the hollow-body position and mushroom training can help your CrossFit movements.
The hollow-body position allows for trunk stability, which is synonymous with the key CrossFit concept of midline stabilization, and the position can translate into elite skills like freestanding handstands and freestanding handstand push-ups. The mushroom is a piece of gymnastics equipment traditionally used to develop competence on the pommel horse. It’s also useful for CrossFit skills because it improves shoulder mobility and develops strength.
Learn how your gym can incorporate these key gymnastics elements to develop CrossFit skills on the road to elite performance.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Your Form Sucks by Dr. John Zimmer, published May 22, 2010.