CrossFit trainers are skilled in the art of making many difficult movements accessible for the beginner. A good trainer will guide new athletes through a progression, celebrating the small victories along the way. For example, the trainer may start an athlete with a full range of motion push-up, then progress to a dip, then pike push-ups on a box, then finally moving to the wall. This process may take years.
A great trainer will understand this process is not just for the beginner and continue this system with intermediate and advanced athletes. An athlete who is comfortable with strict handstand push-ups can be challenged to perform them from a deficit, with their chest against the wall, or freestanding.
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Comments on Handstand Push-Up Variations
Somebody make Hobart get back up there and demo Strict Deficit
I have been far more "strict obsessed" in more recent years than I was when I first started CrossFit. I wish I had it the other way around, but I finally figured it out. It pays big dividends--In the words of Adrian Bozman: "Strict deficit handstand push-ups could grow deltoids on a pencil."
“Strict” as in don’t kip/kick/whatever, and “deficit” as in
below normal, which would be until the head hits if you didn’t use parallettes or stacks of books, etc., so “deficit
strict” would be using parallettes, going shoulders to hands, and not “kipping”.
Sorry, Jason, it initially escaped me that you were pointing out the odd exclusion of deficit-strict. I didn't realize that until I read Eric Love's post and looked at the video.
Thanks, guys. I'm with Eric. Let's get Hobart back up there and complete this.
And then there's freestanding-strict-deficit, no?
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