stretching

You should always warm up, but how much should you stretch?

Check out this article from The New York Times:

https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/reasons-not-to-stretch/

As someone who was taught to stretch all his life before starting to exercise or play a sport, this was a strange read.

What do you think? Should you not stretch to better your performance? Have you ever noticed a difference in a WOD with or without stretching before?

Coaches – what’s your take? What’s your advice for athletes?

Let us know in the comments.


mobility-post

Hey CrossFitters,

This is my first attempt at writing a blog so bear with me. I have been doing CrossFit for almost four years now and as one of the more seasoned CrossFitters, I say seasoned because no one likes to be called old, I have learned two things. First, I love doing CrossFit! I look forward to every WOD and the physical benefits I have gained over the past 3+ years. Second, as a seasoned CrossFitter my body has had to learn to move in ways I rarely, if at all, forced it to before I started doing CrossFit.

One of these has been the ability to squat through the full range of motion. So for the past month I have watched and learned from the King of suppleness Kelly Starrett and his videos on mobilitywod.com.

While he has many episodes demonstrating how to increase and improve hip mobility, all of which I have tried, I wanted to find just a few that you could do anywhere without needing any equipment. I mean seriously outside of the gym how many of us have a superband at home, much less a place to anchor it without breaking something.

Here are just three of Kelly’s videos that focus on opening up that tight hip to improve your squat. Like I said these can be done anywhere, anytime. Take a couple weeks, work these movements into your daily routine and I promise you, you will see an improvement in your squat.

Episode 55: In and Out Your Hips, For Points!

Episode 97: Improved Hip Mobility for Better Squatting Tomorrow

Episode 363: Pre-Squat Hip Opener Mob-Rx

 

Thanks and until next time 3, 2, 1 GO!

Jeff Kerr

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A wise man once told me “CrossFit is more than the WOD, it is about learning how to improve ourselves physically and mentally.”

-Chriss Smith


Everyone knows that after an exhausting WOD, the one thing you (should/sometimes/kinda) look forward to it using a foam roller to help those aching muscles feel better later on.

Here’s a great video from Trident’s Dr. Matt Fontaine on how best to use the roller after a work out. You’ll recognize some of the movements, but there a few we don’t normally see that could be helpful if you ever feel tight in certain areas. It’s also a good way to see how it should be done to better your own post-WOD cool down.