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Topic of the Month - Focus on your Technique

The first and most important component of beginning CrossFit is to follow our charter of mechanics, consistency, and then intensity. Keep reading on our Blog...

Mechanics refers to technique—your ability to move properly through our core movements. For us, this means moving yourself and external objects in the most 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 manner possible.

As coaches, it is our duty to promote good technique at all costs, being strong doesn’t mean much if you can’t move well.

The reason why weightlifting and powerlifting have such low injury rates compared to popular sports like football and soccer is because technique is such a high priority. Every day they work tirelessly to perfect the quality of their movement. This is how the best are able to lift tremendous weight and have 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆 in their athletic career.

Poor technique sets the athlete up for injury. This often means we need to decrease the weight on the bar until the movement quality improves. You don’t always need to stop training, but you NEED to stop pushing heavy weight. This means working on technique with lighter weight while you use individualized corrective exercises to 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗸 𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝘀 in mobility and coordination.

Lifting heavy weights poorly will make you stronger. However, it will make you stronger in the wrong way by reinforcing poor technique. Remember that it doesn’t matter how MUCH you can lift, if you can’t lift it in the most 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 manner possible.

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