Chuck and Kristin
Thursday class times: 530am, 430pm, 530pm, 630pm
Skill: Pull-ups/ Dips
WOD: 5 Rounds for time of:
14 Kettlebell Snatch (alt. hands)
***Reminder: No classes Monday July 30th ******
***Reminder: No 530am Classes on Tue Jul 31st or Thur Aug 2nd***
We talk about it all the time. Stretching and Mobility are a KEY component of becoming a better athlete. For some reason though, people always push it to the back burner and believe their Range-of-Motion (ROM) will somehow magically appear one day. You work really hard at the training aspects of becoming an elite athlete, but you continually neglect what I believe to be the MOST IMPORTANT element of being a true athlete. RECOVERY!!!
It takes a concerted effort to maintain healthy tissue and ROM after the intensity of CrossFit workouts and Strength training. Those said tissues include muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia that allow the human skeletal system to move like it does. With all of the high-intensity movements that we use, it only makes sense that those tissues are being compromised on a daily basis and need some attention. With every workout comes tissue damage in form of micro-tears in the connective tissue, which result in micro-adhesions because when the body realizes there is trauma, the immune system kicks in and through a facinating process, lays down collagen in the area of real and/or perceived damage. This creates a interlocking web of tissue that is initially layed down in a random matrix and it's this random pattern that is the main culprit in limitation of ROM and reduced muscle function. At that point it is CRITICAL to reorganize that random pattern of tissue into a healthy organized matrix. This is done primarily through a process called re-molding and this is where diligence is an absolutely necessity. This can be accomplished through techniques, such as stretching the affected area, foam rolling, massage (deep tissue), cold therapy, etc. One of the most effective and simple ways of mobilizing is to use a Lacrosse Ball. Lay on it in the affected area and try not to spit on yourself when you get overwhelmed with the pain response. Go easy at first, then build your tolerance over time.
Also, you have a HUGE resource at your fingertips. Kelly Starrett is on the forefront of this and there are hundreds of videos at: http://www.mobilitywod.com/
GO FIX YOURSELF!