Crossfit Movements & Technique Tips
At our Crossfit Box in North Melbourne our aim is to get you to move through each workout safely, effectively and relentlessly.
We have all been there, continually missing reps in a WOD, getting frustrated and recording a dismal result. This can be in relation to Olympic lifts or any gymnastic movements.
There are many reasons that can cause this, some of which maybe because we are trying heavier weights in a met-con or trying new movements that we haven't done before or simply because we are just having a bad day. Couple the above with the pressure created when the timer starts and when people you usually beat in WODs start to overtake you and you have a recipe for a shit time!
When this happens in a WOD, if not addressed will lead to spiral of swearing, frustration and usually end with questions of “why am I doing this?” or “Am I getting worse at CrossFit?”
How to combat a Shit time:
You can focus on the movement at hand
You remember the movement and how it works
You can catch your breath
You can hear the Coaches cues
Slowing down allows the movement to become smooth and constant. You will spend less time resting between reps and will move from one exercise to another without hesitation.
Here at CrossFit VSC our coaches encourage slowing down in movements, it doesn't not mean dropping your intensity, it means slow down so you can achieve the movements you are attempting and work consistently thought out the WOD. The more you practice slow is smooth, smooth is fast, the overall speed in which you complete WODs will increase.
The best example of Smooth is fast, fast is smooth is the awesome Rich Froning. .
Check out the video below of Froning completing a Snatch Ladder with increasing weights. Notice that Fronings first reps and last reps are almost identical and his composure is constant throughout the entire WOD.
So next time you find your WOD going pear shaped, step back and slow down- I promise you will be surprised at how much more efficient you can be.
For more information on this topic or any other, please don't hesitate to ask the Coaches at our Crossfit box in North Melbourne.