Friday, May 24

Sometimes we see feats of strength or athleticism that seem too good to be true. In fact, every time I watch the CrossFit Regionals and Games I get this feeling, but they're doing it. 

So, what about amazing feats of dance, specifically Michael Jackson's lean in the smooth criminal video. Is that possible? Or is it too good to be true? (You can see the lean at the 7:03 mark of the video below.)

Luckily, three neurosurgeons in India are still hard at work breaking down the mechanics of this lean and how it could be possible. You can see the difference in how a normal person would bend at the hip, while Jackson bends from the ankle.

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We do know the secret to the lean. It was special footwear designed by Jackson that hooked into a bolt in the floor allowing him to lean from the ankles without falling over.

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The move still required a ton of ankle flexibility and strength as well as lots of core strength to hold tight through the entire body. 

Thank goodness for science! You can read the full article on the study here.

Workout for Friday, May 4
"Isabel"
For Time:
30 Snatches (135/95)
10 min Time Cap
*Compare to 8/25/17

Heavy Object Squats
5X7
Build Up in Weight

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