Flexibility ,its not a joke!

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Flexibility

One of the most often overlooked of the ten physical skills is probably flexibility. It seems to me though that those most adamant about flexibility outside of the gymnastics and o lifting communities are most inclined to neglect the other nine general physical skills. A perfect squat, deadlift, or clean requires a tremendous deal of mobility at the hips, and a open chest. To often I see athletes who can’t put their arms straight above their head without any resistance. Many also couldn’t perform a deadlift with retracted shoulder blades if their life depended on it.

We don’t need to be able to do Chinese splits between two chairs but we should be capable of performing functional movements without feeling like your being forced into a position designed to torture prisoners of war. Squatting down until your hamstrings touch your calves is a natural position for the human body. Take some time to lengthen your muscles. With the number of individuals that come to class early merely to sit around I have a suggestion. Warm up and stretch. If you don’t know what to do for a warm up the CrossFit warm up is always a good one. Row a 500m  or run quarter of a mile and then spend some time improving the most boring, but equally important physical skill and that is your flexibility

This is mobility ,strong through the full range of movement

Flexibilty ,strong through the full range of movement

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