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Coaching the Backflip

By Carl Paoli with Jason Khalipa

In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

December 19, 2010

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“It’s just amazing how CrossFit teaches you this foundation that you could develop into different sports, gymnastics included,” Jason Khalipa says.

Join the 2009 Games champion and coach Carl Paoli, a trainer at San Francisco CrossFit and owner of Naka Athletics, for another look at the backflip. In the video Jason Khalipa Learns the Backflip, Paoli coached Khalipa through his first backflip. Today, Paoli breaks down the movement into progressions:

1. Jump
2. Jump on box
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Midline Progressions on Parallettes

By Jeff Tucker and Jeannie Bassi

In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

December 15, 2010

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“Oh my God, it’s rainin’ diamonds,” says Jeff Tucker, CrossFit Gymnastics coach, as he watches Jeannie Bassi demonstrate one of several positions requiring impressive core strength.

Beautiful gymnastics movement comes from lots of practice. Learn how you can practice planche progressions to improve your midline stabilization.

Using parallettes as an elevated platform, Tucker coaches gymnastics progressions to improve control and strength. You can develop an elevated… Continue Reading

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Jason Khalipa Learns the Backflip

By Carl Paoli and Jason Khalipa

In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

December 07, 2010

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“Hopefully we can educate people and show them that, hey, gymnastics is something that’s really hard at an Olympic level where you’re super specific, but all this basic stuff is actually completely doable, especially if you have the fundamentals in CrossFit,” says Carl Paoli, a trainer at San Francisco CrossFit and the owner of Naka Athletics.

Join Paoli as he teaches Jason Khalipa the backflip—for time.

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Teaching the Muscle-up to a Large Group: Part 2

By Pat Sherwood, Chuck Carswell and Chris Spealler

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The muscle-up doesn’t have to be some mystical beast tamable only by the elite. Anyone can learn and perform muscle-ups using progressions and scaling. In this video series, learn how HQ trainer Pat Sherwood coaches his athletes through the gymnastics movement.

In Part 2, Sherwood continues his discussion on how to coach athletes through the progressions for a muscle-up. First, he gets his athletes practicing the… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

November 25, 2010

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Keep your head up on the rings.

“Imagine Heather Locklear in a forest bathing under a nice waterfall or something like that,” Jeff Tucker says to a group of athletes at his Gymnastics Certification. Tucker, of course, is full of more colorful tips in this video on planche progressions using rings.

In the first video of this series, athletes worked from a push-up position. Continuing on that theme, the athletes take to… Continue Reading

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The muscle-up doesn’t have to be some mystical beast tamable only by the elite. Anyone can learn and perform muscle-ups using progressions and scaling. In this video series, learn how HQ trainer Pat Sherwood coaches his athletes through the gymnastics movement.

In Part 1, Sherwood takes it from the top, starting with a demo from one of the athletes who can perform a dead-hang muscle-up. Then he breaks it down: “There’s… Continue Reading

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Planche Push-Ups

By Jeff Tucker and Jeannie Bassi

In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

November 16, 2010

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“I hear some people in the room having a litter of bulldogs. What’s going on?” Jeff Tucker asks a group of athletes at a CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. It turns out the sound is the exertion of gymnastics practice, and it’s a familiar one at Tucker’s certifications, where his athletes put their bodies to the test.

In this video, Tucker provides an overview of the planche progressions he’ll introduce in this series. Starting with a… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

November 11, 2010

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Join gymnast Carl Paoli, Kim Bozman and HQ trainer Adrian (Boz) Bozman as they teach handstand fundamentals by applying gymnastics to elite CrossFit skills.

In the first installment of this series, Paoli developed a handstand using hollow-body-position, headstand, and modified handstand-push-up progressions. Today we continue to learn how to apply gymnastics skills to the handstand with more challenging progressions that will eventually bring us to ring… Continue Reading

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