“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.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: The Forward Roll by Roger Harrell, published Oct. 1, 2005.