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Identifying and correcting range-of-motion, stability and technique issues will pay dividends when athletes are upside down.
Many exercises commonly used in CrossFit are also frequently used by athletes participating in other sports. However, the handstand—fundamental to gymnastics—is a rarely employed training tool in other sports but an essential part of CrossFit.
The handstand requires considerable amounts of both joint mobility and stability if it is to be performed with optimal… Continue Reading
Learning gymnastics skills can be frustrating, but Dave Durante explains why the return is well worth the investment.
Be patient and limit frustration.
These are the first two points on a list I share whenever I’m speaking about gymnastics to a new group of CrossFit athletes.
The reality of the situation is that if your goal is true mastery of gymnastics skills, the timelines are not measured in hours, days or weeks. They are… Continue Reading
“American Ninja Warrior” qualifiers meet in Sin City to try and conquer Mt. Midoriyama for the first time.
It’s hard to catch your breath in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In a city renowned for its sights—but not its views—the American Ninja Warrior Final transformed a dusty parking lot in the desert into a glowing extension of the famed Las Vegas Strip.
Scattered across two acres were four stages; three were at eye level, and the last, Mt. Midoriyama, loomed over… Continue Reading
The recommended prerequisites for a backward roll to support on the rings are a strict muscle-up and a deep ring push-up, according to Dusty Hyland of Dogtown CrossFit.
“The backward roll is literally just a pull-over on the dynamic apparatus of the rings,” he explains.
The first step is employing the false grip, Hyland says.
“If you have a strict muscle-up, that’s a great pre-req. It sets your wrist above the ring, where you’re going to receive… Continue Reading
A bumper plate is a simple tool with which to get an athlete to feel the proper body position needed for a handstand, says CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member Camille Leblanc-Bazinet.
With a bumper plate held overhead, the athlete will learn to squeeze his butt and bring down the rib cage with the abs, eliminating the excessive lower-back arch often seen in inverted athletes.
“I really like this drill just for that, just to… Continue Reading
When Andrew Creary played football at Hampton University, he could bench 356 lb. and squat more than 500 lb. But at 240 lb., he couldn’t do one pull-up.
Today, things are different: He’s a member of Bartendaz NYC out of Harlem. The experience has provided more than just physical fitness.
“I want to progress, but you have to know that that goes with life. You want to always learn. The smartest person knows that he can know more,” he says.
About 10 years ago, a man called Giant started the Bartendaz fitness movement in the United States’ black-culture capital. Today, he’s spreading his message beyond Harlem and seeking to change more than your body.
Most call 5-foot-7 Hassan Yasin-Bradley “Giant.” The name was born of being “the shortest guy with something really big to say.” At 44, Giant—and the Bartendaz group he founded—is known throughout Harlem, and he and his crew are known on the Internet for the… Continue Reading
January 05, 2014
Current and former Cirque du Soleil performers talk about what it takes to “deliver the magic” for 10 shows in five days.
Wellington Lima bursts through one of the back doors of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He has a huge smile on his face, but hidden behind his ever-present grin is concern.
“I dropped my bike on the way here. I got in a little accident,” says Lima, who drives a motorcycle to… Continue Reading