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In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

September 27, 2011

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Dusty Hyland, an instructor at DogTown CrossFit, and David St. Pierre, a former member of the U.S. Gymnastics Team, are back to teach more advanced gymnastics skills. Today’s focus is the planche. According to Hyland, developing planche strength translates to other skills.

“I think it’s got some really functional properties that are gonna be great down the road for CrossFitters,” Hyland says.

Hyland breaks down the movement and starts with an elbow plank. Once tight in… Continue Reading

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Handstand Virtuosity: Part 3

By Laurie Galassi

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and fifth-place finisher at the NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the handstand. In Part 3 of the series, Galassi teaches the handstand walk.

“A handstand walk is a weight transfer. It is a momentary handstand on one arm,” she says.

Her first progression is to shift weight from arm to arm in a push-up plank.

“With all of this, if you’re in control, you can advance. The second… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 7—The Ring Dip

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 7, Paoli demonstrates the ring dip. The same “turning out” used for the bar dip in Part 6 adds external rotation, torque and stability to the shoulder in the… Continue Reading

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Handstand Virtuosity: Part 2

By Laurie Galassi

In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

September 14, 2011

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and fifth-place finisher at the NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the handstand. In Part 2 of the series, Galassi applies the handstand basics she taught through body position and wall climbs to the next step: kicking up into a handstand.

Galassi drills the athletes on forward and backward leg kicks.

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“We use this dynamic stretch as a way to see your body move,” CrossFit Gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker says. “So we’re gonna find some of the chinks in the armor, maybe flexibility or lack thereof, and we’re also gonna play with something else called ‘body awareness.’”

Tucker runs affiliate owners through a warm-up at the 2011 Summer Affiliate Gathering recently held in Big Sky, Mont.

His first movement is the inchworm, which assesses posterior… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 6—The Bar Dip

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 6, Starrett and Paoli coach the bar dip. They prepare using “The Position,” the same foundational form used for movements from kipping pull-ups to bench press.

Paoli demonstrates getting… Continue Reading

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Handstand Virtuosity: Part 1

By Laurie Galassi

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and fifth-place finisher at the NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the handstand. In Part 1 of the series, she focuses on body position.

“I picked handstands because they’re the foundation of gymnastics,” Galassi says. “It’s the basis for everything else.”

This gymnastics element fits perfectly into CrossFit.

“The neat thing for CrossFit is that once you can do a handstand … suddenly… Continue Reading

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Retool your gymnastics skills with elite gymnast Carl Paoli, founder of Naka Athletics, coach at San Francisco CrossFit and creator of GymnasticsWOD.com. Through his Freestyle Connections Seminar, Paoli introduces athletes to advanced gymnastics skills using simple progressions and coaching points. In this two-part series, Carl Paoli teaches how to develop midline stability through the hollow-body position.

In Part 1, Paoli developed the hollow rock… Continue Reading

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