Getting away is just that and it is a good thing. We need to reset once in a while. I hope for everyone out there, that they are able to to step away from routine and the daily grind to change it up. Stepping away is ok and I encourage you to do it. Regardless of what holidays look like for you, they are good for the body and the mind. To be able to get some rest, do things you enjoy doing but might find hard to get time to do otherwise or to get some tasks accomplished that need to be done. These are all good and should be done.
I would like to introduce you to this amazing human. This is Elaine and she just completed her 6 week transformation. What does that even mean? Well, she came in after really enjoying retirement over the past 6 months. She is a wife, mom and grandma. She realized that she was also pre-diabetic, experiencing hip and knee pain and her blood markers were not going in the right direction…
In society, we are set up for as much “here and now” as possible. We have drive-thrus. Not only drive-thrus but drive-thrus with mobile ordering. We have high speed internet and LTE+ cell phone coverage because “normal” internet makes us wait. We have microwaveable dinners and precooked chickens because we need to eat “right now” as we run out the door to something else. We have “super size” because that makes us full and more is better.
Did you read the article? Yesterday’s blog. The attached link. It broke down “the clean” in tremendous detail. Nine pages worth the be exact. That’s a lot of information. A lot of very good information. As I mentioned, turns out todays WOD just so happens so have cleans in it. I know, I know; you’re welcome! Ha
Were it not for the snatch, the clean would have but laughable challenges to the title “King of All Exercises.” Oddly, we start our examination of the clean with mention of the snatch, as many of the superlatives attributed to the clean apply equally to the snatch. Clearing the air early with admission of the snatch’s peer status, we can speak more freely of the clean’s unrivaled qualities and need not repeatedly suggest the snatch’s possible exception to the clean’s peerless qualities.
I’ve touched on stretching before in our blogs but it holds its place such that I wanted to go in to it again. The science behind stretching and why it is important has changed over the past few years. Instead of thinking of stretching as simply a way to get more flexible (which isn’t a bad thing by the way), think of it as part of your recovery. Specifically, stretching after we workout.
…Now that the weekend is over, what’s next? As an athlete, where do we go from here? It’s totally natural to feel the post-competition “lull” if you will. We were all wound up tight, nerves on edge, anticipating and executed with all we had. Now on the other side, we might not have any clear goals to work towards…
When we set our feet for a squat, we are laying the foundation for the movement. If we are going to build a house, we need the foundation to be rock solid. If the foundation shifts, so does everything else built on it. This is exactly what happens with our feet when we squat. If our feet are moving even slightly as we squat, then our foundation is not stable. If our foot moves, our ankles moves. If the ankle moves, the knee moves. If the knee moves, the hip moves. You get the picture.
My favourite moments as a coach aren’t watching someone set a new clean and jerk PR or get their first muscle up. These things are fantastic and are almost equally as exciting for me as they are the person achieving them, but they aren’t my favourite. My favourite moments have come when I get to be more than a “Crossfit coach”.
With conventional grip, we are relying on our grip strength alone to hang on to the barbell. We have one thumb and four fingers in an open circuit relying on muscle to close, and keep closed, that circuit. However, once we establish hook grip, the circuit is closed and tension keeps it there. In “hook grip” we are wrapping our thumb on the bar first. From there, our index finger and middle finger “hook” over the thumb. Just the same as a cam-lock works on an adjustable ring strap; the more force that is applied to “open” that circuit, the harder it closes.
What researchers have found over the years is that regardless of the task involve all energy systems are in use. Albeit some more than others depending on the task, all three energy are in play. Let’s repeat this point, your body doesn’t use one energy system exclusively, rather it’s more of one and less of the other depending on the needs required.
The Open is all about the community and being together to take part in a world wide event focused on fitness. For most of us, it’s the only “competition” that we do within Crossfit. That is fantastic! Give it a little extra attention through some of the tips above and you might just surprise yourself with what your fitness can do. Execute to your potential. Be the best you that you can! Welcome to the Open.