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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… 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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In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, HD Videos

October 20, 2013

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Using wooden plyometrics boxes, bumper plates and dumbbells, Sean Lind of CrossFit Gymnastics shows a progression for developing an L-sit press to handstand.

At the CrossFit Experience at this year’s CrossFit Games, he takes a spectator to a pike handstand with feet supported on the box and then back down again. Then he takes her to makeshift parallettes, which are dumbbells atop two bumper plates.

“When you get stronger… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, HD Videos

March 22, 2013

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The hardest part of the muscle-up is neither the push nor the pull. It’s keeping the rings close to the body during the transition to the bottom of the ring dip, says Level 1 Seminar Staff member Russell Berger.

To help athletes develop strength close to the body and ultimately improve the muscle-up, he introduces a drill to members of CrossFit Amundson in Santa Cruz, Calif. It begins at the… Continue Reading

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The Kipping Muscle-Up

By Laurie Galassi

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Channeling the power of the hip can be tricky when it comes to the muscle-up.

“I think that most people understand you’ve got to have a good amount of pulling strength, full range, and a deep dip with a great amount of dipping strength. I think getting the hip involved to learn the kipping muscle-up is a little bit more complicated,” says gymnast and CrossFit Santa Cruz coach Laurie Galassi.

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The Rope Climb

By Laurie Galassi

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When it comes to rope climbs, gymnast and CrossFit Santa Cruz coach Laurie Galassi teaches two ways to wrap the feet.

The first climbing method involves wrapping one leg all the way around the rope and then stepping the other foot on top of both rope and foot.

“The higher you have your foot and the further away from you, the better,” Galassi notes, encouraging hip and knee flexion as her athlete practices… Continue Reading

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