WOD / BLOG 7-30-13

30 Jul

Tuesday July, 30 2013

Corrective Coaching:
Correct Hand Stand Push-Up’s


As the 2013 Rebok CrossFit games comes to an end, many of the athletes as well as spectators were surprised at the amount of ” no rep “calls that were given via the judges.
As Athletes, it is expected that the coaches we choose can give to us the CORRECT information on all of the standards and expectations that go into competing in this sport.
The last thing we want our competitive athletes to do is to show up to a competition and have been incorrectly coached. That is a horrible reflection on that particular coach. Not the athlete themselves!
As coaches it is our responsibility to validate ALL of the information and make sure, prior to us passing it on to our athletes, it is accurate.
Too many coaches just guess.
Many athletes over the course of last weekends Games were given the ” no rep ” call do too not meeting the movement standards.
Especially in the hand stand push up.

For those of you looking to compete at local competitions or potentially the CrossFit Games, here are the strict standards for the Handstand Push-up:

“Two competition 45lb plates (our gym has wrestling mat flooring so we don’t need a head pad such as an Abmat) will be placed on the ground next to the wall with an abmat in between. The start and finish positions of each rep are identical, with the hands flat and completely on the plates, the arms locked out, body straight and only the feet touching the wall. The feet must be inside the hands, meaning the width of the feet must be less than the width of the hands. Any wider than the placement of your hands, and you will get a “no rep”, due to this being easier. The fingers cannot wrap off the edge of the plate, nor can they descend into the hole of the plate. From the starting position, the arms bend until the head touches the abmat. The athlete presses back up until the start finish position is achieved. The feet do not have to remain on the wall for the movement, though they must be on the wall to complete the rep. The legs can bend together but not one at a time. Kipping is allowed. If the legs are bent, no upward progress can be made while the feet are touching the wall (meaning no climbing up the wall with your legs). If your legs are straight, your feet can slide up the wall.”

– See more at: http://crossfitdoneright.com/2011/08/15/handstand-push-up-standards/#sthash.WkMaDXhJ.dpuf

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