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Technique & CrossFit


Those who frequent the evening classes at Martin City CrossFit may have come to realize that I am quite the stickler when it comes to movement technique. You may have heard me utter the phrase “mechanics, consistency and then (and only then) intensity” a time or twenty. There are a few reasons for this relentless encouragement of athletes to employ proper form when performing maximal or sub-maximal lifts and in the beginning, middle and tail end of a METCON; none of which, I assure you, are to injure you or make you worse at CrossFit. I promise. Here is my attempt to convince you that sound technique is paramount in CrossFit, or any other athletic endeavor for that matter.

Longevity. If you love CrossFit as much as I do, then you probably also want to be able to participate in the sport as long as possible. Whether you are a young pup just getting started in CrossFit, in the Master’s division (like myself) or somewhere in between, nothing will derail your training efforts more swiftly than an injury. I kind of know a thing or two about being injured.

Good technique is an essential component of injury prevention. CrossFit is a demanding and dynamic sport consisting of a myriad of complex movements often performed repeatedly. Mastering the movements prior to adding load and/or intensity will minimize your risk of injury. Executing the movements with little or no regard for proficiency, especially when combined with load and/or intensity, will most certainly result in injury, eventually.

It is important to understand that not all injuries occur instantly. Often times, an injury is the result of a cumulative effect of utilizing poor mechanics for a given movement over and over and over and over again, possibly even with little or no discomfort, until seemingly all of a sudden, something hurts. Likewise, if you have suffered an injury in the past, one quick way to exacerbate that pain is a lack of adherence to good technique. And that nagging pain that just will not go away, again, poor mechanics is a likely culprit.