It all started from a friend, a colleague, a peer . . .
From being bored with the same routine, from plateauing time and time again . . .
I wanted to get healthy, I wanted people around me who cared . . .

They called it constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity . . .

It's about taking the first step -

It's called CrossFit and I friggin' love it!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Visiting An Old Friend

Yes, one of the nine foundational movements showed up in class last night, the seemingly unobtrusive sumo-deadlift high pull. . . and boy oh boy did it cause a ruckus. . .

Loud clanging of the bars, grunts and groans that reverberated against the walls, mixed with some heart pumping Dance music sent the CrossFit Relentless halls into a frenzy that Pauly D couldn't bring to life at Club 960 in Hartford on Saturday night (for those of you that don't get the reference, let me rephrase this one for you) - if it was 1977 and John Travolta showed up at your favorite night club, this would be the same thing. . .  ( I am really just trying to get everyone on the same page here, hope ya'll follow).

There the mood is now correct; wow, I can't believe that I just used both of those for a reference, I feel like John Travolta should have a barbell in his right hand and a caption should come out, "Ha, Snatch THAT!"

But to bring this blog back to where it needs to be, the nine foundational movements of CrossFit:
Squat                      Press               Deadlift
Front Squat             Push Press       Sumo Deadlift High Pull
Overhead Squat      Push Jerk         Medicine Ball Clean

All old friends, all should be incorporated throughout weeks and weeks of working out.  The foundation for a ton of other movements.  We had the opportunity to have the Sumo stop by yesterday evening and he brought a friend of chest to bar pull-ups with him. . .the unexpected visit through people into a frenzy.

Unaccustomed to the chest to bar pull-ups, the bands suddenly multiplied, or for some, appeared.  The confidence level appeared diminished in some, but it was striking to see people fight through the workout.  People were pulling so hard I thought they were going to tear the bar down underneath their chins rather than go up and touch their chests to it.

A mini-reminder to those of you who second guessed this workout yesterday.  Coach Dan pretty much summed it up, "There is a fine line between intensity and technique.  If you haven't done a movement in awhile, you need to find that."

When a new movement is introduced, we initially harp on technique, as you get further and further into your CrossFit lives, you will be introduced to many and forget some.  When they reappear, think of it as visiting an old friend.  First you have to rehash the past, then start to catch up, talk about the general things that are going on, then you can start to really get into the details (by the way, this may possibly include drinks, neither here nor there, we do not condone drinking while practicing CrossFit movements).  I really find this is the same thing that we do when we haven't done a movement in awhile.  Take it slow, get your motor recruitment patterns back in play, then have at it!

On a side note, we are all looking forward to the Festivus Competition this weekend, by the way, I will be attending to Coach/Judge, or whatever else may be planned.  Needless to say, this isn't new to anyone, little do you know that you have been practicing this every day/night that you have come to a class.  You may ask how I know?  I have been there, both as a participant and a judge.  Keep a steady head and stay positive - you can achieve whatever you wish - just don't let your mind hold you back.

Looking forward to a solid week of classes and a competition weekend that has been unseen in Connecticut for awhile.

-Coach Tony

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