First there was "stretching". Then came MobilityWOD and ROMWOD. MobilityWOD was often too technical for everyday CrossFitters, but was great for more advanced athletes. ROMWOD is basically yoga for CrossFitters, which some love and find it a soothing way to stretch on a rest day, while others find boring. Now there is a new kid on the block - GoWOD. I just started my free 14 day trial, and will be using this new program for the month of October and will report back on my mo
^ Sunday Mobility Class @ 11am! You will often hear a coach talk about “mobilizing”, but what does that really mean and why is it so important in fitness? If we look past using mobility as more than just a way to cool down or recover post WOD, we can actually see that it has many important effects during our workouts and everyday life. The most common thing that coaches see is athletes that cannot get into proper position when doing movements. They struggle to get the bar loc
If there were data on the most popular Crossfit workouts of the year a safe guess for the winner would be a day with heavy back squats. What is more fun than loading up a bunch of weight on your back, dropping down low, grunting your way back up, and high-fiving your friends after hitting a new PR? Beside the grunting and the lifting belt what else can you do to improve your squat? Have you considered giving your ankles some attention? When working our way down into that dee
"I'm here for tight shoulders. Why are we going to talk about the thoracic spine?" Great Question! What exactly is the thoracic spine you wonder? The thoracic spine is the middle portion of your spine from about the top of your shoulders to the bottom of your rib cage. Why is it important? It is the common culprit for injuries like shoulder impingement and neck pain. Our thoracic spine stiffens into a rounded or kyphotic position because of our environment and our culture.
Lets face it, many of us are tight. Because of how we work, sit, and navigate our daily lives, our muscles become shortened and thus … tight. This makes it harder to get into the correct positions in CrossFit. Here are 4 GREAT options to help you become more flexible! Option 1 Sunday Mobility Class at 11am Yes, you heard this correctly! CrossFit Simsbury has a coach-led stretching/mobility class every Sunday at 11am. This class will have you using bands, lacrosse balls,
According to an article published in the Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 1 2017 the average person in the US spends 39% of the work day sitting. On the extreme end, jobs such as waiters and waitresses spend only 3.7% however a software developer job averages 90%. The issue becomes when people who are sedentary for lengths of time become increasingly immobile as the years pass. Here are 3 simple stretches you can do to help keep your body mobile if you have a sedentary des
3 Ways to Improve Your Squat Perhaps the single most functional exercise, the squat is a baseline to our fitness. How much can you squat, how many times can you squat it, and how is your range of motion? Many of us aspire to improve all aspects of this functional exercise but aren’t sure how to attack it. Here are three simple ways to improve your squat: 1 – Assess, and work on, your range of motion For many, their difficulty in the squat simply lies in their range of moti