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.
In Part 3, the pair refines the push-up to transfer better shoulder position to other movements, such as Olympic lifting. The proper, organized set-up allows for torque through external rotation and sets the shoulder in a safe position to generate more power.
“If I can generate power through the hip, maintain my hollow-body position, or just ‘The Position,’ I will be way more efficient getting into a good shoulder position where I can generate that external rotation and then follow through with whatever it is that comes afterwards,” Paoli says. “But if I’m out of that position, once again there is no connection to the spine and now I can’t transmit anything, and that’s where we’re starting to see faults.”
Additional reading: The Push-Up by Greg Glassman, published Mar. 1, 2003.