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The CrossFit stimulus—constantly varied high-intensity functional movement coupled with meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar—prepares you for the demands of a healthy, functional, independent life and provides a hedge against chronic disease and incapacity. This stimulus is elegant in the mathematical sense of being marked by simplicity and efficacy. The proven elements of this broad, general, and inclusive fitness, in terms of both movement and nutrition, are what we term our CrossFit Essentials.

Learning any variation of the press to handstand will develop balance, coordination, and full-body control. The straddle press is more technically forgiving than press-variations with extended legs, because; the straddle position allows the feet to remain very close to the athlete’s center of gravity.

WatchThe Straddle Press to Handstand