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.
From all of us to all of you, happy holidays!
Saskatchewan played host to the Western Canadian Powerlifting Championship this past weekend with a number of 306 athletes competing.
Jessie Buydens was first up and secured a silver medal. Kent Brown would be up next in the men’s 66 kilos weight class. He secured a bronze medal.
A great day of lifting was had for the 306 Weightlifting Club at the Mustache Open. Medals were won, PR’s were had, and records were broken.
It is with great enthusiasm that we would like to showcase our 2015-2016 staff. Our staff has changed and improved over the years.
Tomorrow we will host our third annual 3 on 3 Throwdown. This gathering of CrossFit athletes would not be possible without the help of our generous sponsors