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  • New DVDs available for Pre-Order!

    The new batch of GWOD progression DVDs are coming!  We've sent them off to the presses and they should be in stock any day now.  The new discs and bundles includes all of the movement progressions I've been posting on the site this year, plus a few that we've filmed and have not yet released.

    We produce these DVDs in addition to our web-videos and mobile app because our athletes and users have found that it's much easier to follow our progressions on the TV and big screen.  The DVDs also neatly organizes the content in series and focuses, so it's a great learning tool for yourself or to share with others.  Best of all, the DVDs allow us to deliver training content to those without reliable internet access - and we've been donating hundreds of discs and DVD bundles to our deployed military overseas and abroad and will continue to do so!  Please head over to the GWOD DVDs catalog and pre-order the DVDs and bundles now, and we thank you for your support!

    This week we continue with our One-Arm Handstand progression with a fun drill:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

  • free+style & GWOD T-shirts in stock!

    The fresh new free+style t-shirts are here!  Your favorite GWOD signature t-shirts are back in stock!  Please get yours today to show your support of my upcoming book.  We're working hard and will be putting up some preview content and special features soon at freestylethebook.com.

    P.S. Women's free+style tanks are coming soon.

    This week's progression is another popular request for the one-arm handstand:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

  • The Importance of Purpose

  • Shapes for Skill Transfer

    Talking about our Forward Roll Progression series, and why we do these variations and play with shapes.  One of my main principles of performance is that you should be able to perform a movement so that when you finish it, you are able to initiate and connect to the next movement.  So to be able to perform a movement, in this case a forward roll, with different shapes will give you more options to transition into something else - a sprint, turn, jump, dive, you name it.  If you're a football, basketball, or volleyball player that spend a lot of time in that power stance and require a lot of speed and agility, you probably know what I'm talking about.

    If you're interested in learning more of my movement principles and how to apply them to your training, performance, and overall lifestyle, stay tuned for my upcoming book free+style.  In the mean time, come attend my Freestyle Connection Movement Seminars to get hands on experience on learning my movement framework and putting it into action at the gym.  Here are the dates for upcoming seminars:

    This week's progress we look at ways to scale the Forward Straddle Roll:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

  • Practicing Agility

    Agility is one of the ten fitness domains recognized in CrossFit, where agility is defined as the ability to change the direction of the body in an efficient and effective manner. 

    Using gymnastics, we can easily train and practice agility easily through tumbling and acrobatics, which includes changing orientations, creating rotations, adding twists, and jumping and landing.  The most basic element of tumbling begins with the Forward Roll on the ground, and you can easily challenge your agility and develop your strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and speed by performing simple Roll variations while holding basic shapes.  It's time to pull out the mat and get rolling with your agility work!

    This week we pick up our Forward Roll progression again and work on the Straddle shape:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

  • Freestyle Connection Seminar Roundup

    Hello again! I've been on an epic travel schedule lately, darting back and forth between SF, Calgary, Santa Cruz, LA, and then Boston and NYC this coming weekend.  So amazing yet so crazy - a huge thanks to everyone who's shown me a warm welcome and offered their kind hospitality!  For those who want to hang out and geek out with me a bit about CrossFit, movement, and want to have some fun, please come join me at one of my upcoming Freestyle Connection movement seminars - these are the remaining sessions for the rest of 2013 don't miss out! I'm looking forward to working with you soon.

    This week, we discuss the setup and positioning for deficit Handstand Push Ups on Parallettes:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

  • GWOD Start App is Here!

    I'm very excited to introduce the GWOD Start app - now available for free for all iOS, Android, and Kindle devices! 

    One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "How do I get started with body-weight training and using GymnasticsWOD?"  That's not an easy question to answer, because athletes from all over come from different backgrounds and experiences, struggle with different challenges, and are driving towards different goals.  I also believe that all athletes should learn how to move, so they can move to learn and "practice their training".  That said, I've decided to create a new GWOD Start app that is the same great format as our current GWOD Spot app, but customize the programming to a 4-week on-ramp focus. 

    While the GWOD Start program is designed to help someone completely learn how to move and learn to train with bodyweight exercises, it is also designed to help advanced athletes build a stronger foundation and a broader base of skill.  The program includes strength components, skill practice, metabolic conditioning, as well as flexibility work.  The program and app also embeds all of the relevant GWOD progression videos for you to watch anywhere and at anytime.  We wanted to make it easy for you integrate gymnastics into your routine and keep it relevant to your training, sport, and life.

    Download the GWOD Start app now and give it a go, on iOS, Android.  If you enjoy the app, please share with someone you care about and take a moment to rate it as well.  Thank you!

    This week we finish our Roll to HSPU progression with one swift transition:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

     

     

     

  • Get Down and Dirty!

    This past weekend we presented and hosted Down and Dirty 2, a 2-on-2 breakdance competition in San Francisco.  Thanks for all the bboy and bgirls for coming out and throwing it down on the floor!  We saw some epic all-out battles by some of the best - if you missed it you can check out videos on Youtube and pics on flickr.  Special thanks again to everyone who helped made the event possible: Reebok, TheBBoySpot, MilestoneBreaks, BBoy Wicket, BBoy Blakk, DNA Lounge, and the entire bboy and dance community.  Thank you!

    This week we continue to get inverted on the rings for some fun with transition work:

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    Coach Carl

     

     

     

     

  • Muscle Up Handstand Push Ups

    Muscle Ups?  Check.  Forward Rolls?  Check.  Handstand Push Ups?  Check.

    All together now?  Let's go work on the transition in this new progression series!

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

     

     

     

  • Strategies for Self Preservation

    As human beings, our biology and instincts work to protect us from harm and limit us taking great risks.  Our sense and fear and pain motivates us to withdraw or quit, often causing us to bail out even if we try.  You've probably seen this time and time again where an athlete swings away beautifully, attempts to kip or pull up to a transition, but then everything freezes and the athlete falls back, falls through, or falls down.  Some athletes even predict this chain of events coming as they make their next Muscle Up attempt, and so to compensate they strategically transition into a series of desperate and frantic kicks to try to tread up into the dip.

    Was the athlete not strong enough?  Maybe.  Was the athlete not skilled enough?  Possibly.  Was the athlete not prepared?  Absolutely.  To swing and pull yourself up on an unstable surface 4 to 5 feet off the ground is no small feat, and if you've never done it before it becomes a huge risk to take.  Our instincts for self preservation kicks in, and at some point we all freeze.  In the back of our mind, we're thinking: what do I do next if I do succeed?  Am I safe if I fail?  When is it safe to fail and bail?  How do I bail?  We've all seen Muscle Ups before and there are one or two ways it could go right, and a lot of ways it could go wrong for a beginner.

    The solution is to be more prepared and that means having at least one back-up plan or an exit strategy.  Quite often this is a workout partner or coach who's commited to spotting you, but that may or may not overcome your biological instincts when you're flying through the air and you don't feel those helping hands.  I recommend that you always actively learn and practice movements that are part of your exit strategy.  If you are learning how to jump, you must learn how to land.  Learning how to jump higher?  First learn to land and roll.  Learning Muscle Ups?  First learn to Roll Out on the rings.  The more exit options you have with confidence, the more you'll overcome those protective instincts because you will know that there is a safe path to the finish and come out unharmed.

    Over the next few weeks we'll show you the Roll Out and how to use it, and not only will it serve as a great exit strategy but it also leads in skill transfer opportunities for bigger movements on the Rings:

    Thanks!
    Coach Carl

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