Crossfit is hard. Some days it’s really hard. We all have movements that we don’t like and things we aren’t very good at. For me, bodyweight movements, or anything that requires mobility, are incredibly difficult. When I see more than 12 pull-ups in a workout, pistols, hand stand push-ups, or overhead squats I get a little nervous. I can back squat a Smart Car, but I can barely overhead squat 65lbs. My flexibility is atrocious. I spent too many years bench pressing to be able to move through the range of motion required. But… I’m working on it.
Being successful at all movements is something that requires patience and dedication. I know that everyone has different goals. There are few people that aspire to compete in CrossFit competitions or weightlifting meets. Most people just want to be healthy, feel good throughout the day, and want to have fun with their families on the weekend. However, I can tell you that being flexible and strong through various ranges of motion has a direct impact on your daily quality of life.
Mobility is something that takes time to improve, but it’s the easiest thing to work on. I’m sitting on the couch right now; instead I could be doing the couch stretch and typing this blog at the same time. Hold on a second. Ugh… Ok, now I’m doing the couch stretch and typing. Ouch. See how easy that was. The stretches that we teach during the warm-up are part of your homework assignments. These things are easy to do at night and will actually help you sleep better.
I’ve said this once, and I’ll say it again a thousand times. The weighted barbell back squat improves everything. Come in on a Saturday and spend 30 minutes getting stronger. In a few weeks you’ll be reaping the rewards of your new found leg strength.
The point is… Stop avoiding things you’re bad at. Make the time to fix them.
Slice attacked his weakness, now he squats nearly double body weight.
A. 5RM Deadlift
B. AMRAP 12 Minutes
5 Deadlift (40% of A)
5 Box Jumps (24/20)
5 Push Press
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