Think handstands (against a wall) will never be a part of your
athletic repertoire? Think again - the LWCF gymnastics program
will ease you through the progressions and help you find your inner gymnast over time!
Athletes have different goals. For some, the goal is to live a more comfortable and healthier life. Others might have jobs in which their lives and the lives of others depend on their physical abilities. Some athletes simply want to dominate workouts. Regardless of the goal, the skills, drills, and concepts in these courses, basic or otherwise, allow all athletes to improve in a safe and effective manner. These movement-focused courses are run in 6-8 week increments by Coach Kat. The goal of these classes is to help athletes to become very comfortable with the chosen gymnastic movement. Participants will leave these classes understanding how to break down gymnastics movement, how to customize and scale appropriately during workouts, and will have multiple tools in their toolbox on building strength in these movements and avoiding injury.
In CrossFit, body-weight movements are considered gymnastics (e.g., air squat, push-up, pull-up, etc.). We are taking skills from the sport of gymnastics and applying them to workouts. In CrossFit, the gymnastics label is applied any exercise in which you move your body through a range of motion (ROM) or extended range of motion (EROM) without an external load. Isometric holds are also considered gymnastics. CrossFit uses short parallel bars (“parallettes”), the floor, still rings, pull-up bars, dip bars, climbing ropes, and other equipment to implement gymnastics training.
Gymnastics is one of the three foundational modalities of CrossFit. If gymnastics movements are performed properly, they influence every aspect of your life and have a dramatic effect on your fitness. Gymnastics assist in the development of many of the 10 components of fitness: accuracy, agility, balance, coordination, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, power, speed, strength, and stamina. Nothing beats gymnastics in terms of developing the four neurological components of the 10: coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Furthermore, gymnastics training produces impressive strength gains without requiring an external load.
Coach Kat demonstrates perfect form of a modified (progression towards a) handstand. This taxes your shoulders something fierce!