Gymnastics Dr. Nick Sorrel – PRing Your Muscle Ups is easier than performing surgery

Episode 31Brute Strength


Nick Sorrel has to be one of the best Gymnastic coaches in the Crossfit community. If you’re not already following him on Instagram (@nicksorrel) or working with him in our Brute Strength programs then you should be. This guy has a wealth of knowledge, and this podcast is just the tip of the iceberg. Take some notes or just soak it all in because things are about to get real gym-nasty.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • [2:57] Life is a balancing act. Nick gives us a look into how he is able to manage his time between being a Surgeon, Brute Strength Head Coach, Husband and a Father.
  • [8:17] Collecting accomplishments VS. Collecting moments and living life with a purpose
  • [12:20] How to avoid getting burned out from all the responsibilities that life can throw at you
  • [13:58] Nick’s meaning of Faith, as described in “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis
  • [16:18] Joining the Bruce Barbell/ Brute Strength team
  • [18:30] Pursuing the love of fitness through Coaching
  • [20:07] Implementing gymnastic progressions – “Bruce Barbell Manifesto”
  • [22:04] Common issues for Crossfitters in gymnastics & how Brute Strength makes improvements
  • [23:30] Building gymnastics foundation and establishing basic skills
  • [25:38] Breaking down all Crossfit gymnastics into lesser attributes – Core strength, Pushing strength, Pulling strength, Mobility, Dynamic movement, Positions
  • [27:50] How to build a successful Gymnastics progression
  • [31:08] How Brute Strength – Gymnastics incorporates skill work & skill days into your Crossfit training
  • [34:14] What Brute Strength – Gymnastics can do for you as an athlete/ Crossfit competitor
  • [38:32] The importance of body awareness and good form on the bar
  • [40:13] Flexibility VS. Strength in Crossfit gymnastics
  • [42:02] Biggest mistakes people make while inverted – Scapulohumeral rhythm, spinal accessory nerve
  • [44:00] Tips/ Techniques for better presses and hand stands
  • [46:43] Time under tension and what that means for your HSPUs

Resource Mentioned:
Brute Gymnastics Level 1 – a paradigm shift in the way you think about gymnastics.