GYMNASTICS 04/21/2019

2 Rounds
10 Cat + Cow
30 Second Bench Tricep Stretch
30 Second Floor Pigeon Right
30 Second Floor Pigeon Left

Cat + Cow:
1. Begin in a tabletop position on the floor, with your knees under your hips, and hands under your shoulders.
2. Inhale a deep breath as you arch your back (stomach drops toward the floor), and lift your chin to the sky.
3. As you exhale all of your air, press your hands and knees into the ground, and contract your core to round the back as much as possible. Tuck your chin into your chest.
4. Repeat, moving slowly through each position, and inhaling/exhaling as much as possible.

Bench Tricep Stretch:
1. Begin sitting glutes-to-heels on the ground, facing your bench (or, any apparatus you are using: Chair, couch, desk, etc.)
2. Place your hands on the bench, palms down, and slide them forward until your elbows are supported. The goal is to keep the joint as comfortable and safe as possible.
3. Arms should be shoulder width apart.
4. With your knees together, lift your glutes and set your hips directly over your knees. Both legs should be together and creating aa 90 degree angle.
5. Allow your head to fall through your arms, and press your chest towards the floor.
6. Bend your elbows and pull your thumbs to shoulder blades. This will intensify the stretch in the triceps.
7. Engage your core by pulling the belly button into your spine. This will flatten out and protect the lower back. No sagging.

Floor Pigeon Stretch Right:

1. Begin on the floor, hands planted flat for support.
2. Send your right knee forward (heel close to glute), and extend the left leg straight behind you. This will be similar to a split with a front, bent knee.
3. Once comfortable, sit your right hip towards the floor, until the entire outside of your right leg is in contact with the ground.
4. You can play with keeping a tall chest, or bending forward over the right knee, for variations of the stretch.
5. Repeat on the left side.

3 Rounds for QUALITY
10 Alternating Dumbbell Curl + Overhead Press (As heavy as possible)
10 Zombie Sit-Ups + Backward Fold
20 Hollow Pulses
(Enter weight used for Overhead Press as your score)

Use lighter weight
Swing your arms forward to help with the sit-up
Tucked Hollow Pulses

Zombie Sit Up + Backward Fold:
1. Begin in a seated pike position, with your legs together and extended straight in front of you. Toes will be pointed, and the palms of your hands in contact with the ground (ideally for the entire movement).
2. Engage the core, and begin to lay backwards, rounding your back to the ground.
3. Once fully extended, laying on the floor, use your core and hip flexors to pull your heels off the floor. The legs will remain straight for the entire movement.
4. With your palms and back remaining in contact with the floor, continue piking the hips, pulling your legs towards your face, and pushing the toes towards the ground behind your head (you should be staring at the tops of your knees). At this point, most of your back will peel off the floor as you roll onto the back of your shoulders. You will end in what feels like an upside-down pike stretch.
5. To roll forward, lift your toes off the ground, begin pressing your entire back, back into the floor one vertebrae at a time (think of rolling down through your spine), and slowly directing the heels back to towards the floor. Your palms will still be in contact with the ground.
6. Once your legs are fully extended on the floor, once again, engage your core and sit-up. Your palms and entire lower body should remain on the ground. Do not allow your legs to lift off.
7. Sliding your palms along the sides of your calves, reach them as far forward (towards the heels) as your hamstring mobility allows. You should be moving through a seated pike stretch, pressing your chest into the tops of your quads.
8. Reach your full range of motion in the pike stretch, and repeat.

Hollow Pulses:
1. Begin in a hollow hold with your arms by your sides, focusing on pulling the belly button in, to press the lower back to the floor.
2. To pulse, engage the core and simultaneously lift the shoulders and toes a few inches higher.
3. Return to your starting hollow position.
4. Repeat

EMOM x 6:

Every Minute on the Minute for 6 Minutes. Move at a moderate pace the entire time.
40 Seconds: Continuous Work: 1 Wall Walk + 0:10 Handstand Hold
40 Seconds: Continuous Work: Kick-Up to Handstand Hold Practice

Regular Plank / Drop knees to the floor
Roll from short box / Roll on the floor only / Roll on pillows
Small kick-ups to a point you feel comfortable and safe

After you have completed the EMOM:
Buy Out:

10 Forward Roll from High Box

Wall Walk + Handstand Hold:

1. Begin in the bottom of a push-up position, with your feet by the wall.
2. Push-up into a plank. Extend the shoulders by "pushing the floor away", which will slightly round the upper back, giving you a sturdy base in which to begin your wall walk.
3. Lift your first foot and press it into the wall.
4. As you lift your second foot to the wall, you will simultaneously step your opposite hand backwards.
5. Continue walking your feet up the wall, while stepping your hands back, towards the wall, until you finish in a handstand.
6. Being as tight as possible, hold for ten seconds.
7. Walk back down the wall by retracing the same "stepping" movement pattern you used to climb up the wall.
8. Once you bring your feet to the ground, move through your plank position, and lower all the way to the floor to complete.

Kick Up to Handstand Hold
1. Begin in a wide split lunge, with your dominant leg out front. Both knees need to be bent— You want to be able to bounce up and down comfortably.
2. Arms are extended in front of you, with your hands at hip height. Fingers need to be spread and prepared to grip the floor.
3. Slow shift your weight forward as you approach the floor. Try to lay your stomach on the top of your quad.
4. As you set your hands on the floor, use your front (dominant) leg to gently push off the floor, initiating the press towards a handstand. This should feel slow, and ""strength-based"".
5. Focus on getting your non-dominant leg to the wall, and slowly bringing the legs together into a full handstand. Empahsis on ""slow""!