Why do I need to do gymnastics? I just want to lift heavy and work on my stamina.
This is why.
“A theoretical hierarchy exists for the development of an athlete. It starts with nutrition and moves to metabolic conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting, and finally sport. This hierarchy largely reflects foundational dependence, skill, and to some degree, time ordering of development. The logical flow is from molecular foundations, cardiovascular sufficiency, body control, external object control, and ultimately mastery and application.
This model has greatest utility in analyzing athletes’ shortcomings or difficulties. We don’t deliberately order these components but nature will. If you have a deficiency at any level of “the pyramid” the components above will suffer.” –Greg Glassman
Build a good foundation and you can continue to progress in everything above it.
Gymnastics is close to the base of the pyramid because without the ability to control your body…things like Olympic lifting become nearly impossible. We don’t do gymnastic movements in hopes to be a gymnast one day. We want to improve body awareness. The basic understanding of what your body is doing from fingertips to toes within space and time. It’s about being able to control your body rather than having your body control you.
Now, imagine what improved body awareness and control could do when applied to other CrossFit movements involving objects such as barbells and kettlebells.
That’s what we’re after. Complete virtuosity in everything we do. Performing the common, uncommonly well.