As we all know, CrossFit is a workout routine that aims to develop general physical preparedness. However CrossFit is not just about workouts, it is also about developing strength, gymnastics, coordination and other skills. Many people try to improve their weightlifting and aerobic capacity, but they often forget about accessory exercises that have the same importance for overall development and progress as correct clean or snatch technique. This article is going to cover a few important, but many times ignored accessory exercises that people don’t like doing because they think that these exercises aren’t beneficial. Many times I hear claims like “I’m not going to do this, how is it going to help me in CrossFit?” In fact, accessory work can make you even better athlete and it of course will show in your performance in CrossFit workouts too. Accessory work helps mainly with development of back muscles and muscles in your midline. Majority of training programs for competitive CrossFitters includes these exercises and even a hobby CrossFitter should be doing them. So what accessory exercises should you be doing? L-sit L-sit is not a very popular exercise because it’s pretty difficult:). This exercise engages stabilizing muscles of your whole body. … Read More
CrossFit + Strongman = StrongFit!
MY WEEKEND WITH JULIEN PINEAU AT THE STRONGFIT SEMINAR Recently I had the pleasure of travelling to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hometown of Graz, Austria. It was there at CrossFit Graz that I would be attending a 2 day seminar given by Julien Pineau, the man in charge of keeping CrossFit Invictus’ athletes injury free and ready for game day. To be honest, I didn’t know a lot about the seminar or Julien, for that matter, before I went. Julien’s been around the CrossFit scene for just about as long as anyone but he really came to the community’s attention after a podcast he did last year with the guys at Barbell Shrugged. The seminar was so highly recommended to me that I only briefly researched it before registering to go. When they told me that they want to go and take it again, I took that as a pretty good sign! I won’t try and go into detail about everything that was covered in the seminar but I would like to go over some of the main themes and how we’ll be applying them to our program in the future. CREATING TORQUE THROUGH ROTATION Very often in the gym, while setting … Read More