This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.
“The goal is to take the very basic things that we do that are simple to see and understand and then translate them into the fun stuff,” Paoli says.
According to Starrett, the easiest way to express midline stability, defined as “The Position,” is straight up and down, so a double-under is a perfect starting place. Paoli demonstrates the body position and power of an integrated double-under.
“If we focus on body position, body mechanics, in some of these kind of more throw-away, simple body exercises, we can really lay a foundation and create an opportunity to make those things skill-transfer exercises,” Starrett says.
Additional reading: By Any Means Necessary by Mike Warkentin, published July 29, 2009.