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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

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In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, HD Videos

January 20, 2014

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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

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Bartendaz: “Mind Up”

By Mike Koslap

In Gymnastics/Tumbling, HD Videos

January 09, 2014

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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.

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Tending Bar

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Rest Day/Theory

January 09, 2014

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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

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Life Under the Big Top

By Emily Beers

In Gymnastics/Tumbling

January 05, 2014

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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

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In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, HD Videos

November 20, 2013

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The topic is the pull-up in the third episode of Offline, an unscripted presentation of guests debating controversial subjects in the CrossFit world. In this installment, discussion focuses on whether strict pull-ups should be required of athletes before kipping pull-ups are taught, an issue raised by Matt Crabtree in the Huffington Post article CrossFitters: Why I Haven’t Taught You to Kip.

Host Russell Berger welcomes guests Dave Durante, a member of USA… Continue Reading

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David Durante: Planche Progressions

By David Durante and Dan Bailey

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“Planche is not something that you would expect to be able to just jump in right away and do in Day 1,” says David Durante, an alternate on the 2008 USA Gymnastics Olympic team and a member of the CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar Staff. “Most gymnasts (take) years to be able to develop that kind of a strength, and the development to be able to do that kind of a skill is pretty high level.”

That said, the planche can be developed with progressions… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling

October 23, 2013

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You might be forgiven for not recognizing his name.

Steve Hug was 16 years of age in 1968, when, in Mexico City, he became the youngest U.S. male Olympian in history. He competed again in the ’72 Olympics in Munich.

Stanford University, his alma mater, describes Hug in its Hall of Fame as the ”winningest” Stanford gymnast ever.

Hug was definitely a prodigy. Larry Banner, of the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame, wrote that he saw Hug perform when… Continue Reading

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