“It’s not just a cool party trick where you get free beer on Saturday night, although I’ve won some free beer on this,” Jeff Tucker says. “It’s a different way to load up your core. It’s a different way to find balance.”
At the Again Faster Summit recently held at CrossFit New England, CrossFit gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker takes the athletes through straddle handstands.
Jessica Pamanian, the fourth-place finisher at the 2010 CrossFit Games, is the first to demonstrate. Tucker spots her through a free-standing straddle handstand and then has her use the wall behind her for assistance.
Says Tucker: “We’re loading up her system as far as the shoulder girdle, getting nice and active in a straddle position and bringing your feet up above you. This is going to work your core a different way.”
With Tucker’s coaching, Heather Bergeron works on this challenging skill and Pamanian progresses to the rings. In addition to building strength, the movement also translates to handstand push-ups on rings.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Parallette Training Part 2 by Roger Harrell, published Mar. 1, 2006.