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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

August 23, 2009

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“This is the about the simplest, most bastardized way I can teach you this movement,” Jeff Tucker says of his scaled version of the back lever. On a visit to CrossFit Santa Cruz Central, Jeff gives athletes a taste of the back lever when they hold on to the gymnastics rings in the tuck position. They don’t have a full load because they are not fully extended.

But it’s still important that everything be active and tight. Legs should be engaged and… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

June 25, 2009

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Better known simply as “Tucker”, Jeff Tucker operates GSX Athletics in Fort Worth, Texas. He was head coach and director of Texas Christian University's gymnastics/cheerleading programs from 2001 to 2006 and now conducts CrossFit’s gymnastics certifications.

On a visit to CrossFit Santa Cruz Central, Tucker revisited the topic of the kipping pull-up, this time focusing on new clients. Reinforcing body forms is central to open and… Continue Reading

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Why Gymnastics?

By Jeff Tucker

In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

June 10, 2009

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CrossFit’s gymnastics component is not properly developed at many affiliates, Jeff Tucker tells participants at a gymnastics certification seminar. Too many people are too fearful they know too little. So they shy away from gymnastics, one of CrossFit’s foundations. And that’s just plain wrong.

When most people think of gymnastics, they think of Nadia Comaneci. But gymnastics is really nothing more than body movement. For CrossFit, gymnastics… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

May 22, 2009

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Gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker and assistant Jason Malutich take us through the importance of goal setting and progression in gymnastic movement.

They begin by emphasizing the importance of body position. Gymnasts use hollow body positions and constantly contract to achieve midline stability. Tucker and Jason then move on to the kipping pull up and scaling muscle up transitions.

Tucker said, “We’re going to teach you a kipping swing… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Radio

April 08, 2009

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This is the 3rd episode of the Weekend Edition of CrossFit Radio, which aired at 6pm PDT on Saturday, April 4th, 2009.

Dave Young interviews Mark Toorock, founder of American Parkour and owner/coach of Primal Fitness in Washington DC.

Mark reveals a lot about the history of Parkour, and what it means to fully embrace Parkour concepts, including being a responsible citizen and a disciplined practitioner. Mark also talks about his… Continue Reading

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Jeff Tucker is the Coach for the CrossFit Gymnastics Cert. He and his team recently traveled to Sydney Australia with Andrew Cattermole of CrossFit Sydney.

This video from the CrossFit Again Faster crew is the third part of this series. Tucker talks about how GSX, his affiliate, came about. GSX is a blend of gymnastics and cheerleading instruction, and now with a full blown CrossFit box.

In the beginning, Tucker… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

March 08, 2009

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Jeff Tucker is the Coach for the CrossFit Gymnastics Cert. He and his team recently traveled to Sydney Australia with Andrew Cattermole of CrossFit Sydney.

This video from the CrossFit Again Faster crew is the second part of this series. Tucker talks about the role of gymnastics in the general capabilities of a CrossFitter.

Core strength developed in gymnastics applies to all functional movements, including the overhead squat. There are so many progressions that… Continue Reading

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In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

February 26, 2009

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Jeff Tucker is the Coach for the CrossFit Gymnastics Cert. He and his team recently traveled to Sydney Australia with Andrew Cattermole of CrossFit Sydney.

This video from the CrossFit Again Faster crew is an introduction to the seminar. Tucker talks about how the seminar came about and what it was like taking it to Sydney.

He explains that the purpose is not to make gymnasts or gymnastics coaches out of the participants… Continue Reading

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