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In light of the SoCal Regionals this weekend, we will not have a mobility/skills class this saturday. I, personally, will be cheering and yelling for Jamie until I pass out. And it takes a lot for me to pass out.

Since we will not be meeting, let’s use the time off to learn and study movement and mobility on our own. The way I see it, there are at least 3 great learning opportunities this weekend.

1. SoCal Regionals

If you’re going to be in attendance, while you’re yelling your lungs out, pay close attention to what sets apart the great athletes from the good athletes. The regionals are a competition built for those who can be strong, yet efficient with their body / body mechanics. More often than not, those with the best mechanics and mobility will out-last those who are just brutally strong. Look for some of the basics in positioning (mainly all the crap the coaches keep yelling at you): straight back, knees out, neutral head, arms locked over head, etc.. Try to pick up on those cues and see how you can better apply them.

2. Read a book

In particular, The Supple Leopard. Kelly Starrett, a mobility and body mechanics wizard, finally put his entire philosophy in written form for everyone to learn, absorb, and adopt. Its a hefty book, but immensely useful. I won’t go into explaining how the book works or what kind of magic it does; just buy it and read it. This could be one of the best things your can do for your body, aside from coming to LAX CrossFit. Becoming a Supple Leopard: They Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance

3. Do normal stuff

Crossfit is based on functional movement. So everything we do in the box, has an equal functional movement in everyday life. Say you’re going went grocery shopping and you’re picking up a gallon of ice cream¬†water off the floor, how are you picking it up? Is your back flat? Are you bending at the knees and the hip? Just the hip? Or say you’re playing with a baby and tossing her up in the air. Are you hands above your shoulders? Is your back flat and upright? Are you going to a full squat and throwing the baby up to a 10 ft target? So you can see, crossfit can and does appear in your everyday movements. Now just apply it.
So go forth, learn, soak it up, yell, cheer, and pass out.

Workout of the Day 5/16/2013 – Thursday

Oly.
Power Clean 5 x 3

Met-Con.
‘Helen’ – 3 Rounds:
400m Run
21 Kettlebell Swings (1.5 pd/1 pd)
12 Pull-Ups