Often when you start a new activity things can seem foreign, awkward or frustrating. Learning new movements or skills at CrossFit Christchurch can be a similar experience.
We see those videos on youtube or watch our advanced athletes do muscle ups, Handstand Push ups or Olympic lifting with grace and power and that can be massively inspiring.
That’s what got me hooked when I first fell in love with CrossFit. I eneded up getting very frustrated with some movements though.
So what I want to pass on is some simple advice to make best progress in the shortest time (and yes this will seem wierd… try it though..I dare you! )
- Take your time to master the basic movements, push up, air squat, pull up, DL, Press, jump, land, KB swing. Nearly everything else is a derivative of these movements.
- Once you’ve mastered the basic movements, go back and learn them again. This is when you’ll truly understand the finer points of moving like a top level athlete.
This wisdom of “Master the basics” is a common theme in Special Forces military training, Athletics, Computer programming, gardening, cooking, making love, writing, breathing and living.
Yeah I know I was taking it to extremes but have think about it, what basic drill movement, action, thought or behaviour could you master that wouldn’t improve your mission, game or life?
From the creator of CROSSFIT -
World Class Fitness in 100 words:
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise, but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: Pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc., hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.