Here is a great article taken from CrossFit West Santa Cruz detailing the benefits of CrossFit as a method for balancing out the muscles of the body that may be over or under-worked.
Many, if not most, sports create imbalances in the body due to repetitive movement demanded by the sport. CrossFit balances the body, renewing it by virtue of constantly varied exercise.
Sports, by their very nature, are repetitive. A volleyball player performs the same movements over and over, a swimmer even more so. Not that a volleyball player’s movements are boring or lacking in grace or power, quite the opposite, but performing similar motor patterns over and over leads to imbalances in the body. Over time, those imbalances can lead to problems.
Volleyball players, for example, often have overdeveloped muscles in the front of their shoulders due to the constant hitting and spiking the ball. This can cause bad posture and a host of other problems as the muscles pull the shoulders forward, rounding the spine, making the chest concave. This then leads to yet more problems. Get the picture?
CrossFit, a constantly varied mixture of pushing, pulling, driving, squatting lifting, exploding, and running movements is the perfect compliment to repetitive sport movement. CrossFit balances the body, and in the case of our volleyball player, pulling the shoulders back, developing the muscles of the neck, back and posterior chain, correcting the posture and relieving the pressure on the strained rear shoulder muscles.
Thus, one can make the claim that CrossFit renews the body, bringing its parts back into alignment and forcing the body to move and work as a whole.
Post to the forum, and tell us how CrossFit has affected your body, your posture, and your imbalances!
Buy In – Benchmark run or row
WOD – “Michelle”
Elite: For time:
- 50 Double unders
then 21 – 15 – 9 reps of:
- Thrusters (65/95)
- Knees to elbows
- 50 Double unders
Zone 3: scale thruster to 55/75lbs
Zone 2: scale thruster to 45/65lbs; sub single skips x 3 if needed
Zone 1: scale thruster as needed; sub single skips x 2
Cash Out: limbo contest… How log can you go?