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Some of you have asked me recently, what you should be worried about when joining Factum CrossFit, and how you can improve your times, weight. There are any number of things to worry about, so let me give you a quick breakdown of things you shouldn’t be worried about.
As an owner of a CrossFit gym, one of the most common questions I am asked is “How do I cut down on my body fat”? This is a fair question, as studies have shown that carrying an excessive amount of body fat is one of the leading causes of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and death in the “Western” world. Today I want to focus on some very basic points, and for many of you these will only serve as reminders.
At some point over the course of history our great ancestors learned to stand upright, why we stopped doing that is cause for alarm. Lucky for you, it doesn’t have to be this way. For this reason, I challenge you to read the rest of this article with good posture. That means 90 degrees at your hip, 90 degrees at your knees, with a neutral spine and neck. As athletes and CrossFit gurus, we put a heavy emphasis on neutral spine during our lifts, but as soon as we hit the seat of our car to drive home we abandon these principles, and hunch over. All of us have the flexibility, strength (deep down) and endurance to sit upright, but we need to put added awareness into maintaining this posture throughout our day-to-day activities.
If you were looking for a single exercise to care for the human frame you’d probably look for an exercise that helped us regain our posture from one of sitting hunched over to one that was upright, extended, and open. You’d probably also look for an exercise that worked the posterior chain to overcome all the negative effects of sitting and, if you could find one exercise that could do both of those, you’d probably also wonder if you could find one super exercise that could strengthen your heart and help you lose weight, too. It’s called the kettlebell swing.
The more seminars I teach, emails I receive, and people I cross paths with the more I think there is a need for a “heart to heart” with the community. One of my main focuses at a Level 1 aside from presenting the best info possible in ways that everyone can clearly understand and relate to; is to emphasis how important it is for us as a community (especially those that run boxes or train at them) to identify the distinction between training CrossFit and CrossFit as a sport. The time has come that there is a clear difference.
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