Thursday, April 26

Why do we do the movements we do? A lot of you are learning a lot of new movements as you begin your CrossFit journey, and you may wonder why we do these particular movements. The short answer is that they are functional. And that begs the question: What is functional movement? Functional movements mimic the motor recruitment patterns found in every day life. When we sit down and stand up we are squatting. When we pick something up off the ground it's a deadlift. Because these movements are natural, we know that they are safe. Also, all of these functional movements are compound - they use multiple joints and muscle groups throughout. These compound movements elicit a high neuroendocrine response - meaning they activate the nervous system and the endocrine system and make the exercises very effective. You can get stronger without getting bigger by engaging the nervous system and maximizing the potential of your current muscle fibers. The endocrine system releases hormones into the body, like adrenaline and growth hormone, so your body can get stronger and add muscle. I don't want to get too technical with this, but know that the movements we do are safe, natural and effective. I hope this helps next time your friends tell you squatting will hurt your knees.

Workout for Thursday, April 26 Warmup Run 400 m 3 Rounds 3 Wall Walks 20 Step Ups With Arm Swing 10 Leg Swings all directions

Strength Weighted Ring Dips 5-5-5-5-5

WOD 7 Rounds 10 Burpee 10 Box Jump 20 Double Under 1 Minute Rest