Toes to Bar Tips with Coach Gino

toes to bar tips

Toes to bar is a movement that can stop up a lot of athletes. It seems like a straightforward movement, but it can the the cause of a lot of frustration. The main faults we see is due to a lack of tension in the hang and engagement in the midline. Let’s take a look at a few toes to bar tips with Coach Gino to help improve your form for long term performance.

Consider the Shoulders and Midline 

First things first, it’s crucial to have an active hang. No zombie arms, please. How does this happen? Activate the lats and pull down on the bar to create space between the shoulders and the ears. This allows you to create tension throughout the entire body and prevent that uncontrollable swing (not to be confused with a strategic kip).

Secondly, draw in and engage your midline. Do this by pulling your ribs down toward the belly button, squeeze the legs together and point the toes. This, in addition to keeping your shoulders down, will minimize that notorious swing.

Quick Toes to Bar Tips

✔Always keep an active hang (avoid excessive extension)
✔Shoulders down & tight (avoid relaxed shoulders)
✔Keep space between ears & shoulders
✔Midline drawn in and engaged
✔Full grip on bar
✔Work in small sets at first

As always, prioritize quality vs quantity – if you need to do singles or smaller sets until you get your form down, that is better than holding on to the bar for large, sloppy sets.

Remember to be patient in the process and “keep it tight!”

Open Prep Clinics with Steven Gluckstein

Pullups | Toes to Bar | Ring & Bar Muscle Ups

Through expert coaching and video analysis, learn the movement breakdowns, proper gymnastics progressions and positions and efficiency for these skill movements.

These mini open prep clinics with Coach Steven Gluckstein are a great way to, you guessed it, refine those skills for the open! Choose one, two or all three!

Open Prep Clinics Sunday, February 17


  • Clinic 1 Pull-ups at 10:30-12
  • Clinic 2 Toes to Bar at 12:15-1:15
  • Clinic 3 Ring Muscle Up/Bar Muscle Up at 1:30-3


  • Pull-ups  ($40)
  • Toes to Bar ($25)
  • Ring Muscle Up/Bar Muscle Up  ($40)


Coach Steven Gluckstein


Crossft Salus

547 Route 35, Middletown, NJ


Hands on Open Prep Clinics for the Pull up, Toes to Bar and Muscle Up exercises. Theses mini clinics will include movement breakdowns, proper gymnastics progressions and positions, video analysis, MU connection efficiency, and spotting.


For beginners to advanced CF competitors.

Also open to teens!!

How to Sign Up

Make your purchase online. Once complete, you will need to reserve for the session they bought via Wodify.

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Can’t Make That Date/Time?

Never fear! You can schedule your own PRIVATE session with Coach Steven! Half hour and hour sessions available.

Make the purchase online and then contact him directly to schedule your session (

Your Coach and Olympian, Steven Gluckstein

Steven Gluckstein is an Olympic trampoline-gymnast raised in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Gluckstein started gymnastics at the age of 10 and competed for the first time on an international level at age 13. He won his first National Championships in 2003 and holds a total of 15 National titles. In 2009 Gluckstein and his synchro teammate Logan Dooley won America’s first Gold medal at a World Cup. They went on to be ranked number one in the world in 2010. Steven has competed at 5 World Championships and qualified USA into the Olympic Games in 2012. He competed in the London Olympic Games in August of 2012. When he’s not training, Gluckstein coaches gymnastics of all ages. He has over a decade of experience coaching and has produced numerous national champions.

Steven was introduced to CrossFit by coaches Gino and Angela Salveo in 2013 and quickly became attracted to the sport and its community. As member of team Power Monkey Fitness, his goal is to spread the sport of gymnastics to everyone in the fitness community. We’re lucky to have him be a part of the CrossFit Salus Coaching staff!