As most of you know, we spend a lot of time at Cróga practicing our lifts with PVC pipes and our gymnastics movements in skill sessions between the warm up and WOD.
We also have a skill of the month that is often gymnastics based to increase your exposure over a short period of time to help build strength, increase mobility and improve motor patterns.
We don’t do these things just to waste time and fill our hour class, we do them to help you move better, feel better, and be safer.
We know that if we can move each athlete toward cleaner, safer, quality movement during unloaded and untimed situations that we are more likely to see the same as we start to load the bar or turn the music up and start the clock.
We also know that with quality movement we can improve efficiency over time and reps, which will allow you to accomplish more work with less effort. This is what leads to a higher score in a timed workout or a heavier lift in a lifting session.
If you watch any of the best CrossFitters in the world, or any professional athlete for that matter, you’ll notice that most of the things they do seem effortless even though they also seem unimaginably difficult for you to accomplish.
The reason it’s this way is because they have spent hours upon hours drilling and practicing quality movement and they have treated this as their priority over all else.
They also never stop in their pursuit of excellence, they know that they can always move a little bit better and the end result will be them being an overall better athlete that is less likely to get injured.
This prioritization of seeking quality movement is something that we should all strive for and we need to remember each day we head to the box to train.
Don’t become complacent and accept “pretty good” movement because you can accomplish the task that has been put in front of you.
Also be striving to get better, even if it only leads to 1 or 2 more reps in 10 minutes or 2-3% extra on your lift. Those 1-2 reps and 2-3 lbs will add up over time and you’ll be surprised at the progress you can make.
With this all being said, keep your eyes out for movement seminars at Cróga starting again in 2016. We have done a few of these in the past with great feedback and we intend to bring them back soon.
What movement seminar would you like to see first? Pull-ups? Toes-to-bar? Deadlifts? Clean? Muscle-ups? Let us know and we’ll get it on the calendar.