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How Does Balance Get You Flexible?

How Does Balance Get You Flexible?

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Balance is all areas of life, we hear it all the time.

It’s also important in getting flexible, in a slightly different way. Here’s how.

When you want to get flexible the most important thing is relax. You know that already.

The easiest way NOT to relax is to lose your balance. When you’re about to fall over your body kicks off an adrenaline response, tensing up in preparation for a collision with the floor. After all, who wants to fall on their face?

Unfortunately this is not helpful when you’re stretching, especially if you’re a foot from the floor.

 

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The remedy?

– Start with something to hold. This can be a partner, yoga block, sofa, whatever you have to hand. Preferably not your pet cat as it will run away.
– Over time your balance will improve. Balance is a learned skill, like agility or strength. The more you do stretches that test your balance, the less you will need a support.

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Yoga involves a lot of movements that require balance. It not only develops your balance but also makes holding these stretches easier as your balance improves.

So like any smart student, we cheat and copy what works in yoga and use it to get flexible even faster. And you’re well away.

Come to flexibility class for your dose of improved balance for your Crossfit and gymnastics.

Or for even faster results book a 1-1 session with Felix for free on

M: 07504142211
E: felix@superflexcoaching.com

WOD 21 October 2017

Strength:

Dead stop front squat.

WOD:

AMRAP 20.

1x power clean (80%).

3x high box jumps.

 

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If you have any other questions then you should be able to find the answers on the website but if you’re still stuck you can email me here.

Member of the Week: 20 October 2017

This week’s Member of the Week goes to

Kim Mirren

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Ever present in my gymnastics skills class, it’s safe to say that Kim has drunk the CrossFit KoolAid and is intoxicated with it. The reasons why Kim started CrossFit are twofold: to get better at surfing and to someday beat her brother and sister in law in a WOD. The way Kim has been improving, that won’t be too far away!

There are two qualities in Kim as an athlete that caught my eye. Firstly, her determination and coach-ability. Kim is always willing to listen and do whatever scale necessary to get better. Rather than feel daunted with the amount of work needed to put in, she views everything I throw at her as a challenge. Secondly, Kim embraces the community aspect of CrossFit. She started a Whatsapp group with the other L1s when no one knew each other to coordinate classes and for general CrossFit bantz. Kim was quick to recognise that the community, possibly the most important aspect of CrossFit, keeps everyone accountable to each other. Kim’s attitude is an example to all!

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