Mobility

Mobility is kind of like the roadside assistance you should have on your car.  You forget about it until you really need it but if you don’t have it it’s usually too late.  In CrossFit too late is when you realize that you’re starting to have knee, back, shoulder, or some other form of pain but can’t figure out why.  Let’s pick on your hamstrings for moment.  These large muscles don’t do much when we’re walking or standing.  However, they’re very important when it comes to running, sprinting, or most of the power movements we do like jumping, deadlifting, power cleans, etc.  It’s easy for to have weak or tight hamstrings if your life before CrossFit didn’t involve any of the above activities.  Then you come in, abuse them, and then wonder why your back is tight.  Why would tight hamstrings cause a tight lower back?  When we lack mobility in one area our body will “borrow” it from another area.  A different way to think about this is upstream/downstream.  When I’m tight somewhere I tend to borrow mobility from the muscles and/or joints above and below.  For the hamstring muscle this usually ends up being the lower back but you can also see tight glutes which then contribute to IT band pain.  So what’s a Crossfitter to do?  One simple thing I’ve done at the advice of my chiro is to lay with my butt against the wall and put both legs straight up on the wall for 5-10 minutes a day.  This has done wonders for me.  Your next step would be to head over to MobilityWOD.com, do a little research, maybe tape a few lacrosse balls together, and get to work on your mobility.  Do it!

26/Feb/2013 Tuesday WOD 

As Many Rounds as possible in 12 Minutes

20 Front Squats (no rack)

20 Burpees

20 Double Unders

20 Back Squats (no rack)

20 Burpees

20 Double Unders

2013-02-26