“I hear some people in the room having a litter of bulldogs. What’s going on?” Jeff Tucker asks a group of athletes at a CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. It turns out the sound is the exertion of gymnastics practice, and it’s a familiar one at Tucker’s certifications, where his athletes put their bodies to the test.
In this video, Tucker provides an overview of the planche progressions he’ll introduce in this series. Starting with a push-up, Tucker shows how to increase the difficulty to work toward a planche position. First, try a push-up, then turn your hands out to allow for more flexibility. Continue trying push-ups while walking your hands back down your body to increase the challenge. To kick it up another notch, try elevating your legs.
Tucker emphasizes a solid foundation for these progressions and the prerequisites of body awareness and midline stabilization.
“To get something like a planche, you have a lot of work to do,” Tucker says.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 25, first aired Jan. 27, 2009.