Carl Paoli Seminar (eng) | La Huella Crossfit Barcelona
Carl Paoli Seminar (eng)

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Course Content

This seminar is appropriate for coaches, trainers, and athletes of all levels who are familiar with CrossFit and/or training using functional movements. The main takeaway from this seminar is Coach Carl’s “Position-Movement-Purpose” framework, which you can use to analyze and dissect all movements, no matter how complex. Learn to train and perform all movements safely and efficiently to improve and expand on foundational movements, develop your own progressions and skill transfer opportunities, and perform higher-level movements adaptable to any type of training or sport.

Specifically, Coach Carl will use the framework to demonstrate the interrelationships between achieving ideal Positions, quality functional Movements, and performing for a Purpose. Coach Carl will also provide a number of concepts, tools, and lenses within the framework to help you analyze movements and break them down into basic progressions appropriate for athletes of any level. These concepts include:

Understanding global vs. local motion
Training strength vs. skill
Pushing and pulling mechanics
Jumping and landing mechanics
Bilateral vs. unilateral loading
Changing orientation in space
Changing in points of contact
Changing base of support
Identifying mobility and flexibility issues
Training by blocking movement


Course Instructors

Depending on the location, size, and schedule of the seminar, Coach Carl may bring along an assistant or intern to help with the seminar administration and proceedings.

To effectively learn how to utilize these concepts and tools, all participants will have an opportunity to go hands-on and apply the framework and experience key progressions with the 4 most complex and challenging movements currently found in CrossFit training and workouts:

Handstand Push Up
Muscle Up
As a testament to Coach Carl’s movement framework, the hands-on component of this seminar is appropriate for participants of all ages, skill levels, and experience.

Newer athletes will practice Carl’s movement progressions starting with the most basic drills.

Experienced athletes will use Carl’s progressions to identify weaknesses in their performance and learn how to maximize their efficiency.

Coaches and trainers will learn how to coach, spot, and cue their athletes for a broad variety of movements and scenarios.


No prior experience with gymnastics or body-weight training is required. However, the more exposure you have had to the gymnastics movements found in CrossFit, the more constructive this seminar will be for you. You should have some knowledge of these movements to help inform your questions for Coach Carl and help you grasp the concepts more quickly.

We recommend that all participants have taken an on-ramp or foundations course at their local CrossFit gym and spent some time viewing and trying the relevant progressions and workouts on as preparation for the seminar.

Schedule and Agenda

09:00-10:00 – Introduction and theory of Position, Movement, Purpose framework
10:00-11:15 – Handstand Push Up (orientation, base of support, pushing mechanics)
11:15-12:30 – Pistol (unilateral loading, mobility and flexibility)
12:30-13:15 – Lunch break
13:15-15:15 – Muscle Up (strength vs. skill, pulling mechanics)
15:15-16:15 – Burpee (jumping and landing, motor control)
16:15-17:00 – Other gymnastics movements (time permitting), wrap-up, Q&A Documentation and Accreditation
Participants are welcome to bring notebooks, record videos, and take pictures to document their learning and experiences. We encourage you to share all that you’ve learned but we ask that you do not publish the seminar content in its entirety in any format.

We will provide additional invoices or receipts upon request for billing and reimbursement purposes.


All Freestyle Connection seminars are priced at $295 per participant.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

All Naka Athletics registration purchases for seminars, classes, and events are non-refundable. If a registered participant is unable to attend an event, seminar, or class after the time of purchase, we ask that participants find a substitute to take their place at the event and notify Naka Athletics of the replacement. If a participant is unable to find a substitute, they may use the credit for a future session.

Naka Athletics reserves the right to reschedule or cancel events or seminars up to 3 weeks prior to the session. In the event of a reschedule, we will notify all participants and refund any registration fee upon request, no questions asked; otherwise, registration will be applied as credit automatically to the rescheduled session. In the event of a cancellation, we will notify all participants and all registrations will be refunded unless the participant wishes to use that credit for another session.

We recommend that out-of-town participants not finalize any non-refundable travel and accommodations arrangements until 3 weeks prior to the event once it has been confirmed by Naka Athletics.

For more information or assistance with transferring credit to substitute participants or to another session, please contact us.