March 15, 2016 Team CFR

Proprioception Or: How We Learn To Stop Worrying And Have Good Form

 

It’s kinda hard to pronounce, but the idea is pretty simple.

Proprioception (Pro-Pree-oh-cep-tion) is your unconscious awareness of where your body is in space.

For example, you don’t need to look at where you place your feet when you walk. You just do it!

But once upon a time, it wasn’t so easy for you to walk. As a baby, you practiced the movement and built muscle and coordination until you were a confident walker. Once you became an expert, proprioception and “muscle memory” took over and you stopped needing to think consciously about your balance and the body mechanics of walking.

When was the last time you learned a complex new movement like walking?

I’m willing to bet that most of us haven’t learned any new movements since we mastered riding a bike in grade school.

Until……CrossFit.

During On Ramp, you learned more new movements in 4 weeks than you had over the previous 4 years!

Many CrossFit basics are complex, multi-step movements, like the clean and jerk.

Your ability to perform these movements correctly, especially when fatigued, is your best measure of improvement.

Performing each movement correctly is more important than your number of reps. It’s more important than the intensity of your workout.

A sloppy rep IS NOT a rep. Do it right, or not at all.

Correct movements maximize strength gains and minimize your risk of injury.

Your goal is to become so practiced at each movement  that you will be able to perform your clean and jerk (and every other movement) without conscious thought.

Your muscle memory will place each body part where it should be, each and every time you perform the movement, whether you are fatigued or not.

You’ll know if something is out of alignment, because the movement will feel *wrong*.

Just like when you learned to walk or ride a bike, mastering these movements takes repetition, mindfulness and openness to correction.

Fortunately, Vince and Jeremy are here to help you! Perfect form is rare and always brings a proud tear to their eyes. The next time you work out, focus on doing each movement correctly. Don’t worry about weight or reps. Ask for constructive criticism. Go home and practice what you’ve learned. Rinse, repeat.

Revivers aren’t peacocks with ILS. We’re not here to compete with each other. Revivers aren’t afraid of hard, technical work.

Revivers love excellence. We do it right, or not at all. 

 

 

 

 

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