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Jeff Tucker’s Warm-Up Assessment by Jeff Tucker - CrossFit Journal
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Watching a person walk around a room can reveal a lot.

In a Gymnastics Trainer Course at Ascent CrossFit in Casper, Wyo., gymnastics guru Jeff Tucker talks about assessing athletes through simple movements. First, he has participants press PVC pipes over their heads and open their shoulders as much as they can.

“We’re just looking through some very simple movement here—what your body does,” Tucker explains.

He’s keeping an eye out for whether people have a proper physical foundation and mobility, he adds.

Next up are lunges, followed by backward lunges.

“So what the hell am I doing? Well, obviously I’m seeing how you basically connect to the ground,” Tucker says. “You’re telling me a lot about spatial awareness right now.”

Lunges are followed by cross-legged pistols, inchworms and inchworm push-ups.

“You say a lot about you just in simple movement, everyday movement,” Tucker says.

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Additional reading: Bearing the Standards by Jeff Tucker and Dusty Hyland, published Nov. 9, 2011.

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12 Comments on “Jeff Tucker’s Warm-Up Assessment ”


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Great video. I was curious about turning your face on the pushups. We were told at our box you risk injury to neck and back. Any thoughts? Thanks!


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great stuff!


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Nice video, but I didn't really get the "so what" of it. Okay she's got a dominate side - so what? Okay you watched them all walk around the room - so what? Does the information you gathered there translate into a different method of coaching them through a medicine ball clean or a deadlift? How so? They inch wormed across the room, again so what? How does that data translate, what is he analyizing, how is he adjusting his coaching based off it.



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Jake--sounds like you are looking for a whole other type of video. I see this video's intention as demonstrating how much a trainer can assess from just watching the athlete perform these "simple" movements. So yes, the info gathered from that would absolutely translate into a different method of coaching. Example: If an athlete doesn't demonstrate the flexibility to squat deeper than a couple of inches, I wouldn't push them to start squatting to a medball 10 minutes after that assessment. Maybe I start with a 20 inch box instead. Or if one of the athletes has a tough time lunging backwards, may Jeff doesn't ask them to skin the cat 10 minutes later. The list can go on and on.

Jonathan--if you don't turn your face, then you risk injury to your nose, lips and teeth. I say just don't do push ups.


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Great video and understood the reason for all of this.


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This portion is merely about watching people perform simple movements asked of them. Watching anyone move without large loads on joints and their own body weight in the start will allow me to see what areas of the body have strength and or weaknesses in regards to the movements we will be performing for the seminar. For example: you got tight glutes and hammies, this will effect your L-sit on rings etc... Much of coaching for me, is knowing what type of clay you have before you begin molding them into a vessel. In regards to your specific question on med ball clean, or deadlift - this course is gymnastics and it requires flexibility - the more of you got the better your attempts will be in body movements we , for the weekend. So, if I have you getting ready to work in the foreign language of inversions with body weight or disadvantageous loads like front levers or back levers I want to know what muscle areas you have that are strong or weak. This is also about showing some of the dynamic warmups you can use for working skills and flexibility and demonstrating your own kinesthetic awareness.

If you listen to the cues of information given you can easily see and hear what I am looking for. Pretty simple really.


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it is simply a deeper rang of motion, since the body is not up on an elevated plane say like parallettes. You are not putting pressure on your neck or body weight as you do the push up. When performing our gymnastic push up in the warm up we call for stable spine and core with using a hollow cue (contraction of the core). No disrespect to what you were told - I do not feel the information you shared is risk prone in such a pressing push up movement. You can alternate your head turn as you go up and down - the neck is a very mobile unit and unless you have an anatomical issue I see no problem here in what we request for a full range of motion.


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I love this dynamic warm up and assessment piece used at the CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar. We actually use most of this stuff in assessing our incoming clients at DogTown. It is these basic building blocks highlighted by Jeff here -that are essential tools for new CrossFit coaches and athletes starting their own CF journey. In an effort to become better coaches we need to understand how foundational and underlying basic gymnastic movement is to addressing an athlete's specific limitations and how they can be improved upon. Here we are not only putting athletes and coaches in correct position to "feel" movement but at the same time we are also training the novice coach's eye.



replied to comment from Jacob Atkins

Was essentially a ad for specialty courses (so what. lol)


replied to comment from Frank Folino

you guessed it Frank...


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really like how Jeff handles the room on this one. Will definitely help me when preparing for coaching

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