This week at Bounce we are doing a ton of gymnastics practice.
Things like Handstand Push-ups, Toes to bar, muscle ups, etc.
For the most part, these movements aren’t something a lot of us can just walk in and start doing.
We need to practice the basics, develop the pre-requisite strength to inch by inch get closer and closer.
The problem we commonly see as coaches is that people want to progress more quickly, take shortcuts, or try and do things to manipulate the movements so they can move through them quicker or easier.
Kipping a Handstand push up, muscle up, pull up, etc before we develop the strict strength.
This is only human nature, we have all been there at some stage in our CrossFit journey.
We must remember, those who are proficient in the gymnastics movements have spent many sessions practicing to develop these movements.
They are also VERY good at strict movements.
The gymnastics kip we teach is essentially an efficiency piece.
It is not intended to be used to shortcut the hard work in developing your strict strength
Also, it must be remembered that strict strength safeguards your body against injury.
So, if in doubt, work on your strict strength.
Session by session build on what you have done previously.
Eventually, you’ll get your first strict rep, after that, it is all downhill (just don’t give up!)
Don’t forget, if you want to do some more work on your strict gymnastics strength, ask a coach, we will be more then happy to guide you in the right direction.
Yours in Fitness,