Freestyle Connection Movement Seminar with Coach Carl

Learn to move,   move to learn!

Spend a full day with Coach Carl Paoli learning, practicing, and applying movement and skill transfer principles by using gymnastics and body-weight training.

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Course Content

This seminar is appropriate for coaches, trainers, and athletes of all levels who are familiar with CrossFit and/or training using functional movements. The main takeaway from this seminar is Coach Carl’s “Position-Movement-Purpose” framework with which you can analyze and dissect all movements, no matter how complex, to learn how to safely and efficiently train and perform these movements to build a bigger foundation, by which you could develop your own progressions and skill transfer opportunities to perform higher level movements adaptable to any type of training and any sport.

Specifically, Coach Carl will use the framework to demonstrate the interrelationships between achieving ideal Positions, quality functional Movements, and performing for a Purpose. Coach Carl will also provide a number of concepts, tools, and lenses to within the framework to enable you to analyze movements and be able to break them down into basic progressions appropriate for athletes of any level. These concepts include:

  • Understanding global vs. local motion
  • Training strength vs. skill
  • Pushing and pulling mechanics
  • Jumping and landing mechanics
  • Bilateral vs. unilateral loading
  • Changing orientation in space
  • Changing in points of contact
  • Changing base of support
  • Identifying mobility and flexibility issues
  • Training by blocking movement

Course Instructors

Depending on the location, size, and schedule of the seminar, Coach Carl may bring along an assistant or intern to help with the seminar administration and proceedings.

Hands-on Learning

To effectively learn how to utilize these concepts and tools, all participants will have an opportunity to go hands-on and apply the framework and experience key progressions with the 4 most complex and challenging movements currently found in CrossFit training and workouts:

  • Handstand Push Up
  • Pistol
  • Muscle Up
  • Burpee

As a testament and validation to Coach Carl’s movement framework, the hands-on component of this seminar is also appropriate for participants of all age, skill levels, and experience.

  • New and beginner athletes can expect to practice Carl’s movement progressions starting from the most basic drills.
  • Experienced and advanced athletes can expect to use Carl’s progressions to identify weakness and holes in their performance to learn how to maximize their efficiency and performance.
  • Coaches and trainers can expect to have an opportunity to learn how best to coach, spot, and cue their athletes and clients for a broad variety of movements and scenarios.


No prior experience with gymnastics or body-weight training is required. However, the more you exposure you have had to gymnastics movements found in CrossFit, the more constructive this seminar will be for you.  You should have some context and knowledge of these movements to ask Coach Carl more challenging questions, and as a result you will likely grasp the presented concepts quicker and easier.

We recommend that all participants have taken an on-ramp or foundations course at their local CrossFit gym, and to also have spent some time viewing and trying the relevant progressions and workouts on as preparation for the seminar.

Schedule and Agenda

09:00-10:00 - Introduction and theory of Position, Movement, Purpose framework

10:00-11:15 - Handstand Push Up (orientation, base of support, pushing mechanics)

11:15-12:30 - Pistol (unilateral loading, mobility and flexibility)

12:30-13:15 - Lunch break

13:15-15:15 - Muscle Up (strength vs. skill, pulling mechanics)

15:15-16:15 - Burpee (jumping and landing, motor control)

16:15-17:00 - Other gymnastics movements (time permitting), wrap-up, Q&A

Documentation and Accreditation

Participants are welcome to bring notebooks, record videos, and take pictures to document their learning and experiences. We encourage you to share all that you’ve learned, but we ask that you please do not publish the seminar content in its entirety any format.

We will provide any additional invoices or receipts upon request for billing and reimbursement purposes.

Pricing and Discounts

All Freestyle Connection seminars are priced $295 per participant.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All Naka Athletics registration purchases for seminars, classes, and events are non-refundable. If a registered participant is unable to attend an event, seminar, or class after the time of purchase, we ask that participants find a substitute to take their place at the event and notify Naka Athletics of the replacement. If a participant is unable to find a substitute, they may use the credit for a future session.

Naka Athletics reserves the right to reschedule or cancel events or seminars up to 3 weeks prior to the session. In the event of a reschedule, we will notify all participants and refund any registration fee upon request, no questions asked; otherwise registration will be applied as credit automatically to the rescheduled session. In the event of a cancellation, we will notify all participants all registrations will be automatically refunded unless the participant wishes to use that credit to save for another session.

We recommend that out-of-town participants do not finalize any non-refundable travel and accommodations arrangements until 3 weeks up to the event after it has been confirmed by Naka Athletics.

For more information or assistance with transferring credit to substitute participants or to attend another session, please contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a CrossFit Specialty Course where I will get a "cert"?

The Freestyle Connection seminar is not a CrossFit Specialty Course and does not operate under CrossFit HQ. This seminar delivers content and material that is complimentary to several CrossFit Specialty Courses, including but not limited to the Mobility, Gymnastics, and Competitor's courses.

Can I get a discount?

CrossFit Level 1 certified trainers are eligible for a 15% discount. Please enter the discount code "cfcertified" after enrolling in the seminar course in PushPress, prior to completing payment for your registration.

Teachers, instructors, or professors of any kind that works with students in an educational setting are eligible for a 15% discount. Please enter the discount code "physed" after enrolling in the seminar course in PushPress, prior to completing payment for your registration.

Military, Police, Fire, and Rescue personnel are eligible for a 15% discount. Please enter the discount code "mpfr" after enrolling in the seminar course in PushPress, prior to completing payment for your registration.

USA Gymnastics members are elibigle for a 15% discount. Please enter the discount code "usag" after enrolling in the seminar course in PushPress, prior to completing payment for your registration.

We will follow up with you to verify your proof of membership or status after your purchase, please have that documentation available.

There are no group discounts, since almost all participants register in groups.

Where can I find reviews and testimonials about the Freestyle Connection seminar?

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I am injured, or have recently experienced an injury. Can I still attend?

Yes, but your level of participation may depend on the injury. Please contact us and we'll help you decide if this seminar is appropriate for your physical condition.

When should I sign up?

You should sign up as soon as you can commit to the date - note the Cancellation and Refund policy. Do not wait. Do not procrastinate. Do not hang on until your friends or team figure out if they are going too, get them to sign up early as well. The majority of the participants rush in to sign up in the last 3 weeks before the session, and unfortunately we have had to turn away many interested participants because by then their session has sold out.

How many people will be attending?

The seminars average at about 50 participants. That said, this seminar is held in a large group format where you can expect to work with other participants as well as Coach Carl during the practical components (which is 85% of the time), but you should not expect very many 1-1 coaching moments with Carl. The reason for the large group is that with more participants, there is ultimately a greater diversity of experiences, issues, and teaching moments for Coach Carl to address to make the session more enriching and constructive for everyone.

Will I learn how to tumble or back flip?

No, that is a whole different seminar.

When will Coach Carl come out to a gym in my area?

Coach Carl is traveling as much as is schedule allows to teach in as many places as he can. If you know of a gym that is interested in hosting the Freestyle Connections seminar, please pass them the booking information and submit a request!

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