Forward Rolls With Jeff Tucker and Jeannie Bassi

By Jeff Tucker and Jeannie Bassi

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“If you’re going to start throwing forward rolls into your WODs or into just some of your skill-set training, there’s some things to know: gotta protect your cervical spine; make sure we don’t get that C7 sticking out of our left earlobe,” says Jeff Tucker.

Join CrossFit Gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker and fellow coach Jeannie Bassi as they teach the forward roll and apply it to CrossFit workouts.

“What’s real important about a forward roll is staying in that tuck position. If you open that tuck position at any point once you start momentum, you’re going to kill that momentum and you can actually start to injure your back if you open up and arch and things of that nature,” Tucker says.

Tucker shows how to spot the movement safely as a coach, and Jeannie demonstrates some of the common faults of the movement and how to correct them. Finally, the coaches show how to use the forward roll to exit a free-standing handstand.

9min 4sec

Video by Again Faster.

Additional reading: The Forward Roll by Roger Harrell, published Oct. 1, 2005.

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4 Comments on “Forward Rolls With Jeff Tucker and Jeannie Bassi”


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Awesome stuff from Tucker, as usual.


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One of the best videos (and funniest) I've seen on the journal. Great work Coach Tucker and I'm glad to see even the experts crash land once in awhile. Question though, where would be a good place to get safety mats like the "cheese wedge" used in the video?

I can't wait for your book to come out! Thanks for all the knowledge!


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Always check on line for crash mats, etc... if you want to purchase such there are a bevy of places to choose from but check on line with local markets. Norbets Gymnastics, Spieth Anderson, Gordons Gymnastics, AVI Gymnastics, Gibson Gymnastics etc...

Hope you enjoyed the show - and remember if you open that body as you roll it will slow you down and wrong way and you will go flat on your back. Tuck and roll and keep that pressure off the cervical spine...


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Those are our two favorite movements to show people who have never done any gymnastics. It is good to see we are doing things right.

I think teaching someone that they can not only do a handstand but they can control their fall out of it is pretty rewarding stuff! Everyone needs to know how where their body is in space and how to fall!

Thanks Coach

Great video, it is good to see Jeannie is human like the rest of us!

Shane and Andrea Cross

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