If there is one thing that seems to be unanimous throughout the realm of CrossFit is everyone loves hard workouts. They love hard workouts Monday through Sunday. They want to be a mess of sweat and suffering at the end of the metcon, wondering why they committed themselves to this and how long it’s going to take to feel their body again. They want to walk into the gym sore, they want to leave sore, and they want to talk to you about how sore they still are from the day before. Breathing heavy, moving barbells, and gymnastic work intertwined under the beep of a clock and thundering music – a CrossFitter’s wonderland.
After watching someone perform flawless, beautiful, looking butterfly pull-ups, everyone wants to hop up on the rig and rip them out. It leads nearly all to find out how difficult it is to even hang from the rig, let alone perform a pull-up. What everyone does not see are the countless hours spent mastering the basics to earn their right at performing a strict pull-up. Gaining the strict pull-up leads to beginning to understand the mechanics of the kipping pull-up, which then flows nicely into repping out butterfly pull-ups. It takes mastering the basics, knowing correct positions, and gathering the strength to move your own body weight.
Occasionally I run into an athlete (usually a very flexible female or someone tight through the quads and hip flexors) who can’t seem to keep a neutral spine through out the range of motion of their squat. As they are standing everything looks beautiful and strong, but as soon as they start, their first move is to create an anterior pelvic tilt.
I want you to visualize your morning routine: the first 100 steps of your day, the way you cook your breakfast, or how you take a shower and brush your teeth, and get into your car and to head out to your job or school. Throughout this process, how consciously aware of your movements are you?
Many athletes may notice that no matter how hard a workout is, you can almost always finish or get at least one more rep. As a coach, it is my job to make sure athletes realize that while you are working out at nearly maximum capacity, you do not feel pain unless it is a severe acute injury. This is because the human body is incredibly resilient and is programed to keep moving or complete a task. This is a great survival mechanism but you may find yourself in a workout or a race where the cost may be greater than the benefit.
Turning on the T.V. or going to a competition you can see high-level athletes preforming amazing feats of strength, balance, agility, flexibility, endurance, stamina, power, speed and coordination. All very sexy and exciting to watch, but what you don’t see in competition is how much work truly goes into working on joint mobility and stability to preform those feats effectively.
There is no doubt you have heard the news by now. The more you sit, the earlier you may die. All the time we spend parked behind a steering wheel, slumped over a keyboard, or kicked back in front of the tube is linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even depression—to the point where experts have labeled this modern-day health epidemic the “sitting disease.”
If you are reading this, you probably have heard of Rhabdomyolisis,
specifically exertional rhabdomyolysis most commonly referred to as, Rhabdo. Most people never get the pleasure of meeting Uncle Rhabdo, but those who do seldom forget him.