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Gymnastics class is tonight at 7 pm! We will be going over the handstand (free standing, against the wall and walking). Come learn something new!

Reading this might help you for today’s stuff!

The Position For Your Gymnastics Mission

By Pamela Gagnon and Zachary Long with Jeff Tucker

The hollow body position in gymnastics is like air to a human.

It is the lifeline for gymnasts, and once mastered at the basic level on the floor, it is revisited in numerous skills at all levels and on any apparatus. If shortcuts are taken and the position is not mastered, weaknesses will quickly be exposed in more advanced movements.

“Athletes who demonstrate proficiency in the hollow tend to find all other core and stabilizing activities exceedingly simple,” said Jeff Tucker, CrossFit Gymnastics subject-matter expert.

In the hollow body position, the athlete’s lumbar spine is in slight flexion (rounding) and the pelvis is tilted to the posterior (tailbone tucked under). As such, the position is great for combating the overextended posture commonly seen in athletes, and it teaches athletes how to maintain a more neutral spine-pelvis relationship. The importance of this relationship has been previously discussed in the CrossFit Journal article “The Hip and Athletic Performance,” which also contains a more detailed review of the anatomy involved.

As with all gymnastics positions and movements, control should be prioritized initially. Each step should be mastered in a static position because the early addition of momentum will only create insufficient movements and positions.

“Gymnastics elements are very technical, and practicing them without regard for correct positions will stunt your overall growth. The need for instant gratification needs to be tempered,” Tucker said.

The following steps will allow for athletes of all abilities to work the position at appropriate levels, and they build upon one another to create strength. As a general guideline, athletes should be able to hold each position for 20 seconds before attempting the next position in the progression, with rest as needed between sets.

The positions:

Hollow tuck—The athlete should tuck the knees toward the chest, extend the toes, and lift the upper shoulders and shoulder blades off the ground as the hands “reach” toward the heels. The lower back is pressed into the ground while the ribs are pulled closer to the belly button. The gaze should be at the knees, not the ceiling, because we don’t want to open up the chest.

Hollow with one leg out—Once the tuck is mastered, the athlete can extend one leg. We want to roll the pelvis under to create a “banana” shape with the body. As the athlete’s leg extends, he or she should “reach” for the heels further so the lower back continues to press into the ground.

Hollow hold with hands by the sides—Once the one-leg-out position is mastered and the athlete shows a strong command of the rib cage with no pike in the hips, he or she can bring the other leg out. The athlete should continue extending through pointed toes and squeezing the glutes. Once again, think of a banana-shaped body.

Final step—To add difficulty, we extend the body/lever to a full stretched-out position in which the hands go overhead. If the athlete breaks the position at any time—i.e., the lower back starts to arch or the hips start to pike—bring the athlete back to the last successful stage of the progression. Master each stage before moving on.

While the hollow seems simple, it is a fundamental position that must not be ignored. If the position is not developed and athletes rush to other positions and movements, they can expect progress to stall when working on more advanced skills. In gymnastics, shortcuts do not exist, so master the fundamentals first.

WEDNESDAY 5.15.19

A. “Tidal Wave”
For time:
10-9-8…2-1 Deadlift 225/155
1-2-3…9-10 Ring Dip
*10 Min Cap

B. Accessory
5 sets:
50′ Sled Push
:30 Hollow Hold