There are four defining themes that make Crossfit . . . well, Crossfit! A quick review of the themes: Neuroendocrine Adaptation, Power and Cross-Training . . . the fourth defining theme for crossfit programming is Functional Training.
|Everyone Squats just to sit and stand out of a chair|
Is your current workout program providing you with functional training? Well, let's find out what this type of training involves . . .
Functional movements (FM's) mimic motor recruitment patterns found in everyday life. For example, squatting (crossfit) is basically standing from a seated position (everyday life); deadlifting (crossfit) is picking up an object off the ground and standing up (everyday life); a sit-up (crossfit) is lifting yourself up from a lying position to a seated position (everyday life). So, take a look at your current strength training/workout program for a minute . . . do you incorporate multi-joint movements (FM's) OR is your regimen consist of leg extensions, leg curls, bicep curls? When was the last time you had to isolate your hamstring to do a leg curl in everyday life? Maybe playing hackie-sack or soccer, but these isolated movements do not make up our natural movements in everyday living very often.
|Picking something of ground and standing up (everyday life)|
According to crossfit, the soundness and outcome of FM's is so profound that exercising without them is by comparison a colossal waste of time. That's a pretty strong statement . . . is it true? You will only know if you give it a try . . . Aren't you curious?
~ Coach Heather