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.