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Bearing the Standards by Jeff Tucker and Dusty Hyland - CrossFit Journal

Bearing the Standards

By Jeff Tucker and Dusty Hyland

In Gymnastics/Tumbling

November 09, 2011

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Jeff Tucker and Dusty Hyland of CrossFit Gymnastics set the standards for basic gymnastics movements.

A question I am often asked is what are—or what should be—the standards of movements for gymnastics skills we use within CrossFit?

Although we are not being subjected to a panel of USAGF judges under the scrutiny of USAGF standards, we agree that the time has come for some solid standards of movement and judging standards for the CrossFit faithful out there, whether those standards are to be used for CrossFit Games events, grassroots affiliate events or training in general.

So here is a list of these definitions, movements and specific standards set in order and designed to be easy to judge. More importantly, these standards will allow for good movement and strength development in competition or training. I do not consider this a mandatory layout but merely my opinion in regards to gymnastics skills and CrossFit.

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11 Comments on “Bearing the Standards”


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Thank you gentlemen. Now we enforce and reinforce. "Inculcation" is the hot buzz word here at FOB Sharana, Afghanistan...seems legit to me.


Darren Coughlan wrote …

nice beach


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thanks for the article! nice to have a few standards set in place!


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As a former competitive gymnast and gymnastics coach I'm glad to see these types of standards being set for CrossFit!


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Thank you guys for writing this. I have always felt that mechanics before intensity is crucial to someone’s development, long term fitness, and injury prevention. Unfortunately, having specific bodyweight/gymnastics standards of movements might be hard to judge during a high intensity, high rep competition but I have found that applying these standards to training directly translates to all other movements. This was a learning process for me because while I was able to do HSPU’s, pull ups, push-ups, etc. I wasn’t doing them to gymnastics standards. Dusty Hyland, CrossFit Gymastics, and articles like this have opened my eyes to something that has kind of gone by the wayside a little in a high intense sport: POSITION!


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i think it is a good start. Dusty and I like throwing the thoughts to help this community. i hope you guys see value in it.



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Darren - that beach rocked! New Castle Australia! BOOM! I surfed there for the first time a mere 500 yards from the Great White breading ground.... Of course you guys do it everyday down under!


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Thanks for the article. Completely see the value.


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This should help fill in some gaps for sure thank you.


Matt Wichlinski wrote …

try this.. CrossFit for points, in addition to for time. Every awesome rep gets points, every shit rep get points taken away. Sure you can go faster, but you will get many points deducted for violations. Instead of just a no rep, slash points. I'm being playful, and realize this is not very possible in daily training in most boxes, but maybe an idea for competition. True health and fitness isn't measured in speed only and we see a lot of the exercises being performed as a race, but we all know doing a slow, controlled beautiful muscle up is way more impressive and beneficial than a series of kipping krazy m.u.'s. Some things should deliberately be performed slowly for optimal benefit, not every exercise should be a race. In my experience the timer has been the enemy of fitness in many cases, and the culprit of many injuries. Of course it has extreme value as well. Just know when it is appropriate and when it is not, that goes for the exercise and the individual. One of the first things I learned from crossfit many years ago was quality before quantity, good mechanics before intensity, etc. But so many people lose sight of that and go for the beat down before consistent satisfactory movement is obtained. I guess its easier to start going faster by manipulating technique than it is to maintain accountability and standards which could sacrifice a little time (but gain ability and health). The answer is not only faster times, the answer is what is really best.


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Matt - agreed... I like your comments.

Standards are important and the measurement of the standard is set in forms and movements. I feel we are simply adding a conversation here to look at strict forms and kipping movements within the standard. That can be within the arenas of time, points, and strict forms...

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