Welcome to Tips on Tuesday! In an effort to bring more content to my blog I will be creating themes for different days of the week. “Tips on Tuesday” because I feel I will at some point hit on something useful or relevant for those of you reading my blog. And because alliteration rules!
This week will be the 5 smallest tips (in Crossfit) that I was given which had the BIGGEST difference for me.
1) hollow position in handstand
I found balance! Before this I was constantly falling off the wall or not able to stay up long enough to walk farther than a few steps on my hands.
2) not over-extending lumbar spine in squat
Years of bad posture and walking around with an overextended lumbar curve, this same broken position carried over to my squats.
3) squatting straight down on front squats and OH squats
I finally found the best position in my front and overhead squats and all it took was the slightest shift. Instead of reaching my hips way back, my line of action is now much closer to my heels; almost straight down. Here I can get in a much better upright position to hold the weight.
4) fast elbows (like a clean) on muscle ups
The day that Kris Clever cued me in the middle of a muscle-up/pull-up/run workout to move my elbows fast, like a clean, changed my crossfit world. Not only was I able to complete the exercise more efficiently, but I was then able to finish the entire workout while wearing a weight vest.
5) feet straight ahead on box jump (take off and landing)
This has brought speed back to my box jumps. By maintaining my feet straight/knees tracking over feet or slightly out throughout the move I’m both protecting my knees and staying in the best position to rebound quickly and efficiently.