Why Gymnastics

Gymnastics, not the competive sport, but bodyweight movements of pull-ups, push-ups, kips, and handstands is a major part of CrossFit.  But why do gymnastics?

“Gymnastics has no peer among training modalities for developing the four neurological components of the ten skills of fitness-coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.”

-Coach Glassman, CrossFit founder

In ancient Greece gymnastics was used to train the Greek military and ready their soldiers for warfare. After WWII the US Navy developed a training program which utilized several manuals outlining movements that should be performed in daily fitness regimens, this included a manual called Gymnastics and Tumbling. Gymnastics has trained Olympians and world class athletes. It is by far the best thing a person can do to increase their strength, body control, and spacial awareness.

Plus, the burpee back handspring looks even cooler than it sounds (jump to 1:30 of the video)

http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_MontoyaCompetitor.mov

Thursday’s Skill:

Jump rope practice

2 minutes of max double-unders

1 minute of max single unders (Beginners)

1 minute of max double-unders (Beginners)

Workout of the Day (WOD)

5 rounds for time of:

Run 400 meters

20 kettlebell swings (53#/35# for women)

40 double-unders

Rest 1 minute between rounds

Get to know your Wills.  This is Will G.

This is Will D. 

And under the hair somewhere is Adrienne.

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