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Contributed by Monika Nowak
Many people don't recognize the importance for a proper squat. Most important being proper weight distribution. Most people who have not learned proper technique tend to squat and roll forward on the balls of their feet. This leads to all the weight being supported by the knees, which can, overtime, tear apart the cartilage, forcing bone on bone friction, leading to horrible knee problems later in life. It is important to push your hips back, as if you are trying to hit whatever is behind you with your butt! Keeping your weight on your heels helps properly distribute the weight throughout your legs, saving your knees. It can also help reduce any lower back pains and help strengthen your core as well. Watch the video and practice! Enjoy.
Contributed by Kevin Whaley
What is CrossFit? CrossFit is a mixture of different aspects of working out. From weightlifting, cardio, and gymnastics. CrossFit has become one the the top workouts around the world. It welcomes all ages and body types. At first you have to take baby steps and set up goals for yourself. You will start to see changes in the way you eat and it also changes your outlook on life. It's like a whole new lifestyle. CrossFit has been part of my life for the past year and I can honestly say I have seen some major changes in my life. If you are a committed individual and like to workout, I suggest you try CrossFit and you will fall in love!
Contributed by Kylie Ferris
Anyone!Whether you are age 5 or 65, male or female, you can do cross fit! This sport teaches you functional movements with high intensity to get you in shape and be able to do everyday things. For example, picking up something heavy could be taught by using the dead lift movement. Many people get intimidated by videos they see with people lifting huge amounts of weight or climbing a rope 20 feet up to the ceiling, but people don't start that way, it's a matter of baby steps. When starting cross fit, the coaches teach you the movements at a slow pace with very little or no weight, such as using a PVC pipe for bar work. It is very pertinent that no one gets injured doing the exercise. Also, the WODs (Workout Of the Day) can be made into a MOD(Modified workout Of the Day) for beginner or intermediate cross-fitters. With a variety of movements, one could be good at bar work, but have trouble with gymnastics, such as a handstand walk. You can modify workouts until you have practiced and learned the full movement correctly.You must also "leave your ego at the door", which is a very popular phrase in the cross fit communities. No matter if you are just beginning or have been a gym rat weight-lifter in the past, there is always something to learn or improve when doing the dozens of cross fit exercises to make the movements effective and safe for the body. Cross fit is an excellent, fun way to stay in shape, be healthy and also build relationships with other cross-fitters of all ages.
Contributed by Heidi Heisner