Gymnastic Strength!

Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:

7 Handstand Push ups

12 L-Pull ups

Post rounds and fractions of rounds to comments.


Ideal L-Pull ups have the legs straight, and heels at or above hip level for the entire movement.

  Mullets and plaid shorts optional.

I have always marveled at the upper body ferocity of gymnasts.  Even when I was involved in rope climbing I would watch as acrobats, ringmen, and breakdancers (whom I consider ‘street gymnasts’) do their routines with bravery and joy.  How much practice, I wondered, did it take for them to reach that level?  How many hours and days and months?

  Nevertheless, gymnasts represent a cohort that learns new skills faster than any other athlete, and their competitors (especially ringmen) represent more upper body strength, along more lines of action, than any other athlete.  CrossFit wants some of that.  And you guys are going to get some of it today!

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