Friday 6.26.15//Coordination is the cornerstone of efficiency! like..scary efficient!


16 Minute AMRAP

15 Sit Ups

15 American Kettlebell Swings

Every 2 Minutes Complete 1 rope climb

*no ghost riding the kettlebells, they're not bumper plates, and they're expensive*

All the time, people join the gym and give us the warning, "I'm not very coordinated." Fine, I'll agree that genetically there may be some disposition that makes coordinating movement tougher for some individuals, BUT, think of it this way: Coordination is one of the 10 fitness domains--we're in the gym to increase our work capacity in each of those 10 fitness domains. When you join the gym, it's generally understood that you're not in as good of shape as you could be or want to be, so when you say, "I'm not very coordinated...." well duhh, that's why this gym exists.

 Coordination is the ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement. Many movements in CrossFit require some amount of coordination. And some much more than others. You've all heard me say this several times in the gym and I hope you're experiencing it as you learn all sorts of new movements//These movements require a lot of coordination, but they also develop a lot of coordination.

We don't always think much of coordination until we're really trying to learn a new and complex movement. The Snatch, Handstand pushups, kettlebell swings and snatches, cleans. I really think Coordination is the cornerstone of EFFICIENCY. When you truly learn how to begin EVERY movement from your hips and butt you become tremendously efficient// like scary efficient// (wull what about bench press, push ups and strict press, those are just arms stuff right?) Even an efficient bench press begins with a stabilization of the hips and trunk.

example, the clean// a good clean is coordinated as such, where there is a violent opening of the hips first and immediately followed by a shrug and pull. If the shrug and pull happen before the violent hip extension, 200# ain't floating up to your shoulders like it can.

So next time you're learning something new and complex, don't get discouraged if you don't get it the first time, and be stokked when you do get it because you are experiencing improved fitness!

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