Right before we left for Nicaragua I received a hell of a Christmas present:
As a little background I first met Coach Sommer in person at the CrossFit Level 1 cert in Golden, CO back in early 2004. At that time Coach Sommer was studiously working on a multi-book series that would allow the rank novice to benefit from the tremendous strength & conditioning potential of gymnastics. If you recal he had some VERY interesting and popular articles on sites like Dragon Door and T-nation. Folks could see the obvious potential of an S&C program relying heavily on gymnastics principles…but the barrier to entry has always been the morase of “how do I make progressions? How do I chop these seemingly impossible movements into workable pieces such that I might progress?” Well, the way has been made clear. Here is how the system works:
The book offers detailed written instruction of the movements including execution, scaling, program design, periodization and progressions. The periodization and programming sections of the book could warant the price of the book for that content alone…it is VERY good.
The DVD’s offer real-time examples of the movements. Theses are instructional exmples of the moveemnts performed correctly, they are not detailed analysis of the movements…that’s what the book provides.
I tinkered with this material in Nicaragua (until I cut a tendon in my finder cutting Chicken…I will be gettign surgery for that in aweek) and it’s FUN. My gymnastics has not progressed beyond some very rudimentary ring skills, handstand walking and some of my old capoeira skills because I’ve lacked the progressions and motivation to stick with this stuff. The jumps in skill are often quite slow and it does require some patience to wait out the progress. With the book and DVD’s I feel like I have the tools to make progress AND stay motivated. I’ll mix this with the CA-WOD up to my recovery ability and see how things go.
Thanks goes out to Coach Sommer for his diligent work on this project and his continued freindship and support.