Midline Progressions on Rings With Jeff Tucker

By Jeff Tucker with Jeannie Bassi

In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

November 03, 2011

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Ready to take your push-ups to the next level? Try them on rings.

Jeff Tucker, CrossFit Gymnastics coach, uses ring push-ups to develop midline stabilization.

To demonstrate the progressions, Tucker introduces Jeannie Bassi, who overcame childhood scoliosis through gymnastics. Today, she is an accomplished gymnast who helps Tucker coach the CrossFit Gymnastics Seminars.

Using “ins and outs,” “rights and lefts” and plank drills, Bassi demonstrates how athletes can build strength and stability with gymnastics elements on the rings.

“All of this is working toward some of that huge core control that we need for those more advanced movements,” Tucker says.

A group of participants at the seminar test their body control and develop their gymnastic skills using Tucker’s drills.

Video by Again Faster.

10min 27sec

Additional reading: Ring Row: Beginning Pulls on the Rings by Tyler Hass, published June 1, 2007.

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4 Comments on “Midline Progressions on Rings With Jeff Tucker”


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A lot of the videos I've been watching lately have lost audio halfway through


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The V-outs and planks on the rings are awesome for taking me through my sticky range of motion in my shoulders with a load that is not mimicked in any other movement in CrossFit. Feel the tissues under the acromion really getting worked loose.


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How should I prescribe these in skill work? I'm rehab'ing a knee injury and I'd like to use some of these exercises for relative strength work. I really enjoy the thought placed into these gymnastics videos and how to apply them to other applications- keep them coming please!


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The amount of load is simple - go to a level you can control with stability. Load and ramp up slowly and build confidence and strength in these movements. Rounds of movement should not be to fatigue or failure and if you rest between volume that is fine. So when approaching your skill work do so with form in mind as you load up the strength portions. With increased loads comes greater stability needs and core requirements. Start with sets of 10 or so for each form and see how it goes.

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