Efficient Technique Leads to Speed

As CrossFitters we emphasize technique in everything we do.  This is why we review even the simplest of movements, such as the shoulder press, before getting under the bar.  Using proper form for functional movements is not only the safest way to execute them, but also the best, most efficient way.  Deviation from ideal technique in that shoulder press mentioned above will limit the amount of weight we can move.

The same goes for other seemingly straight forward movements, such as running, or rowing like we have in the mix Thursday.  In these oft despised traditional cardio exercises we’re not trying to increase the weight we’re moving, we’re trying to go farther, faster.  Again, moving in the most efficient way possible will allow us to maximize our output, and get them over with.

However you scale the hang power cleans tomorrow, you’re most likely going to spend more time sitting and pulling on the erg, than you will holding a barbell.  When your grip, hips, and back are smoked remember to maintain long, powerful strokes on the rower.  Get your butt in close to your heels on the catch, drive hard with your legs, keep your chest upright, and get some lean at the finish.  Think legs, hands, hands, legs, and use every inch of your frame to cover as much distance as possible with each pull.  The more efficiently you move on the rower, the faster you’ll go, and the sooner you’ll get to yell “TIME!“.

August 25, 2011

Strength: Front Squat 5-5-5-15+
(ideally final set is 60%-75% of best set of 5 for max reps)

3 Rounds:
500m Row
10 Hang Power Cleans (70kg/50kg)

Compare to 110303


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6 thoughts on “Efficient Technique Leads to Speed”

  1. FS – 100kg X 5 and 70kg X 31 (should have gone heavier)
    WOD – 11:36 w/60kg – started with 70kg and realized quickly I couldn’t handle the weight. This was a tough one for me.

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