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Posted on January 26, 2014
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Know your body
How often do you take time as an athlete to think about how your body is working during those grueling, intense workouts at the gym? My guess would be probably very rarely because your more concerned with breathing and not falling over into your own sweat. But, taking time to better understand the way our body works, even in a very simplified way, can help us move more efficiently and safely, and can ultimately allow us to gain more from our workouts. You might often hear a lot of the terms that are going to be mentioned below come out of your coaches' mouths during workouts, so the goal now is to understand why they are using these words and how you can take those cues and terms they use to improve your workouts and get more benefit out of the hour you spend at the gym.
Take a look at these pictures taken from an article written by Greg Glassman himself out of The CrossFit Journal
It breaks down the athlete into four basic body parts, three joints (not including the spine), and two general directions for joint movement. The four body parts are the spine, pelvis, femur, and tibia. You have probably frequently heard your coach say "the 'S' shaped curve of your spine," as they discuss how important it is to maintain it!
Now, let's quickly discuss the motion of three joints. The knee is the joint that connects the tibia and femur. Next is the hip, which is the joint that connects the femur to the pelvis. Finally, we have the sacroiliac joint (SI joint), which connects the pelvis to the spine (or our trunk).
Simple enough right? This might seem extremely simplified, but we are a CrossFit gym, afterall, and the most important thing along with improving health and fitness, is to uderstand and teach safety in these movements. What better way to do this than through creating a dialogue that everyone can understand. So, let's break down why these things are important to know. Coach Glassman breaks it down pretty simply for us once the joints, parts, and movements are clear.
Let's understand these three tidbits of biomechanics:
To read more about this stuff, take a look at THIS ARTICLE
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