Perform and look great. At the same time!

Zuzka Zavodnacrossfit tips, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Great performance and athletic body, isn’t that what we all dream to have? The good news is, you can achieve it simply. Get on track and stick to it!  CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. But if I had to choose one part of the definition that is not really it, it would be high intensity. The more experience we get the more we know about how to pace, i.e. saving energy, breaking up the movements, planning your rest. When is the last time you went all out without a strategy and almost passed out? If it was last week, wonderful. If you can’t remember then you should change the way you train. Hight intensity is the key to increasing your performance and starting up the hormonal changes that help us form our bodies. In an article in 2007 coach Greg Glassman wrote: “Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise.” Favorable adaptation includes forming your body and improving your health. “Be impressed by intensity, not volume,” he adds. Which means, do more work at less time. not more work over a longer period (i.e. training twice a day). Instensity is something we … Read More

Oh my shoulders

Vasek MalecekCrossfit Committed, crossfit tips, health, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Experience shoulder pain is a bit of a never ending story for CrossFitters. Sooner or later everyone feels that their shoulders are tired, hurt before the warm up or just constantly in various positions of the joint. But this problem is not limited only to CrossFitters. Thanks to my swimming experience I am surprised to say that having shoulder pain is natural for swimmers too. They even have a name for it: “Swimmer’s shoulder”.  Whether you are a swimmer or you do Crossfit the signs and reasons for pain are the same. In my last post I talked about different injuries of the shoulder joint. Today I want to take a look at avoiding the injury. What we should do in order not to hurt ourselves. Stance Maybe its not a bad idea to start with something as easy as the way you hold yourselves. We do it all day every day and we do it wrong. Just think about the way you hold yourself when you wait for the bus or sit at work. Your back is bent, shoulders swung down and forward. We often look at our phones so our heads are also facing the ground. Try to … Read More

Are your shoulders opened?

Zuzka Zavodnacrossfit tips, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

As kids we loved to play on the playground. We would hang on the bar, do somersaults, think of ways to conquer the rig without touching the ground. All these natural movements would help us have strong, mobile and stable shoulders. But as we got older the movement of our shoulders got worse and if you now have a job where you sit all day you probably can move your shoulders only barely. And then one day you show up at CrossFit and start to do hand stands, lift heavy objects above your head and return to the rig. Ever wonder how do your shoulders must feel?  Test them out! Try to find our if your shoulders are opened. What does that mean? That they are fully mobile and you can lift your arms above your head without your spine compensating the movement. This is very important for any vertical movement. Step 1: Lay on the ground, feet together, point your toes, lower your pelvis, suck in your stomach and make sure your lower back is glued to the floor. Now try to touch the ground above your head with your arms stretched out, don’t bend the elbows. Stop reading … Read More

How to swim more efficiently?

Vasek MalecekCrossfit Committed, crossfit tipsLeave a Comment

Swimming has become a popular discipline in CrossFit competitions. It is also a great way how you can work on your endurance and improve your lung capacity without stressing the joints of your body. In addition, it is a great active recovery tool that can release sore muscles after our difficult WODs. Many CrossFitters are scared of swimming when it appears in CrossFit competitions, therefore I am going to give you three tips that will help you swim more efficiently. Body position – water has almost thousand times higher density than air, therefore it is important to swim in a position that will have as little resistance as possible. Try to keep your body straight and tight, so that your hips and legs are hidden behind a “window” created by your shoulders. Tighten your core similar to the hollow rock position and avoid overextending your lower back. Another common mistake can be sinking legs. It happens when your legs are not floating in the same line as your body but they get in front of your body. It is like swimming uphill. You can avoid this by laying more on your chest without sinking your head deeper into the water. Imagine, that your chest is a bouy that … Read More