If you have been following the movement portion of Power and Grace, then you would know that last weekend, Emily Carothers and I put on our first movement seminar at Hill Country Crossfit in Boerne, TX. Let me start by saying that we greatly appreciate your hospitality. Brent and his crew made us feel very welcome and we thank him for that.
With that said, the camp consisted of many types of crossfitters. The range was from a competitor in his early thirties to a few individuals that recently passed the 60yr old mark. With that said, two things have came to mind.
1) EVERYONE can benefit from the camp! What I mean by this is that the overall lesson of the seminar is to teach you how to move in a more efficient, stronger, safer way. It doesn’t matter if you are a CrossFit games athlete or a grandmother, you will benefit greatly by understanding the basic principles we teach and then how to apply them.
2) The “gymnastics” side of CrossFit, meaning anything not touching a barbell, wall ball, etc. (I think you get it), has a long ways to go before most will understand how to move properly. From coaches to everyday members, I believe this part has the biggest void. The foundation for these movements were taught with just enough for people to accomplish these movements and that is it. It was very raw in a sense and now the common theme for me is getting everyone to understand that they have to take one step back to take 10 steps forward. It challenges coaches to be patient with getting a member/athlete to accomplish a something because they know what is right. They know that what they are teaching is the foundation for that individuals Crossfit movements from there on out…but most of the time, that doesn’t matter. This is what has to change to help better the goal and image of CrossFit.
If you are a coach, always try to get better. Never believe you know it all. Look at all sides so you then can understand what is correct. There is too much valuable information out there that is one click away which can change the entire dynamic of how your members move.
Skill: alternating tabata with hanging l-sits to l-sits on the rings. If the rings are to challenging, use parallel or dip bars.
Keep fighting the good fight,