Welcome to this blog and thank you for taking the time to read it through.
I teach health and fitness most days of the year and somehow most of the time we get on to the subject of CrossFit workouts. Before I go any further I want to state that the overall conditioning that CrossFit promotes; I am a fan of, what I think needs work is how their workouts are taught.
What do I mean? I've taken the time read the CrossFit level 1 manual and other literature that surround it and from what I see in the manuals and text it shows correct technique and well explained exercises.
However when I walk into a CrossFit gym I don't see what is being taught in those same manuals. CrossFit workouts are notoriously high intensity and most people taking part in them aren't ready for that level of effort. What people need is greater foundation of overall stability of the torso and limbs, this comes by going back to "Fitness Primary School".
At Fitness Primary School they want to develop better motor control, which is "the process by which humans and animals use their brain/cognition to activate and coordinate the muscles and limbs involved in the performance of a motor skill." This is in a nutshell how to develop better exercise technique. It comes by putting together two elements of training;
- Torso stiffness
- Joint mobility
These two elements need to be worked on at the same time, one without the other make them less effective. In the three videos below I briefly talk you through a research paper that looks at creating torso stiffness and it's long term benefits on performance.
CrossFit workouts are tough and the people taking part in them need to be as resilient as they can be, otherwise injury risk increases. It is therefore my recommendation that all CrossFit workouts include these exercises in one form or another.
Next month I'll share how to develop better joint mobility