When you first sign up for Crossfit there are all kinds of learning happening. The learning curve is almost straight up and this is even for most athletic types. The emphasis on movement becomes paramount. You may even be harnessed to a PVC pipe for a while. The purpose is that we want you to RETRAIN your body to move correctly while it is doing squats, lifts, presses, Oly lifts, whatever. The better you move, the lower the chance of injury, the more weight you can move, the longer you can last in a workout, and the more you get out of the workout. Getting better becomes very important to you. It becomes something you might obsess over. You may watch videos, follow tons of Instagram people and watch what and how they do what they do. You become a movement geek. All of this is awesome because it IS VERY important. YET, as you are watching videos, as you sit at your desk, as you text people about the workout for the day, and the other hours of the day..........your posture is crap, your squats are lazy, you pick things up incorrectly, you are slouched. You are the exact opposite of the movement geek you are during the workout. For some of the longest-running crossfitters, they may have only had like 8 years in this CrossFit stuff. But most of them are around 30-50 years old. So even though there are 8 years of an incredible 1 hour each day of good movement, the other 23 aren't good, and the movement before the CrossFit time is even worse. Basically, I'm saying that 1) we need to concentrate on our movement ALL the time. 2) Whatever issues we had coming into CrossFit will take years to unravel, not just a single year. 3) Think about training your movement during the class but training your posture the rest of the time. 4) Check yourself often or even set an alarm to allow yourself to work on your posture and position outside of training. We all have unbalances. I know that I stand mostly on my right leg and my hip swing to the one side. Not sure if it's because of my knee surgery on my left leg, but this compensation is coming through in my lifting and my jumping. And if I want this to end or be fixed sooner, then I need to make sure I have more hours spent fixing it. So whenever I feel myself slide to the right. I try to change it and either stand straight up or slide to the left. I need to fight the compensation! So to you I say be the movement geek ALL the time!! :)
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