Not the rules made up by the coach or some internet commentator, but what the rules really are. Many organisations and coaches, in the search for that new world champion, simply want to impose a particular type of lifting style on anyone who walks in through the door. If you don’t have the natural attributes of their ideal lifter, they ignore you.
I don’t want to do that, it’s too hard!
Whenever we face something we’ve never done before, that’s often the response we get in our heads.
This is our comfort zone.
After all, who doesn’t like to be comforfable? This is an instinct that has been wired into.our brains to fullfil the human body’s one purposes – to stay alive.
Trouble is, being comfortable doesn’t get us great abs, PBs and cool gymnastics pictures for our Insta account.
The fun stuff is OUTSIDE our comfort zones. So to be better in ourselves, we need to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable. And reap the rewards of more confidence, pride and a shot of adrenaline that gets us hungry for more.
So how do we get to that place of Euphoria when we have to climb a mountain first and where we are is actually pretty cosy and comforting thank-you-very-much?
First step is to start small. One of the last articles on scaling will help with this.
Find someone who knows what they are doing to support you, such as a Crossfit coach or gymnastics instructor. They can guide you through, give you tips and they will keep you from doing anything stupid.
The key is to test your limits but not go outside of them – no prizes for jumping out of an airplane without a parachute.
Finally, learn to enjoy that butterfly feeling when you’re treading into the unknown. The more you anticipate it as the next step, going upside down or bringing a heavy bar over your head will be all part of the fun of it.
For more chances to break out of your comfort zone and get the flexibility you need to do so, jump into one of our flexibility classes.
Or, if you want to get flexible quicker or avoid pain and injuries, try a 1-1 by booking a free session here.
Flexibility Instructor, Crossfit London, Bethnal Green E2
We’ve all bad it. You get to the end of a workout, or a long day and your muscles are tight. You know you should stretch – but life gets in the way. You don’t feel like it.
What do you do?
The answer is accountability.
Having someone, like our Bethnal green Crossfit box to hold you accountable makes sure you get done what you need to.
This can be a coach or a class you go to, or a friend or partner. One advantage of a class is group energy – doing something in an environment where others are doing the same makes it easier.
Whoever it is, tell them what you have to do, send them a message, tell them in person.
It doesn’t matter if they respond or not. I send messages to my accountability partner and just knowing I’ve told them makes me do it as I don’t want to admit I haven’t.
So next time you say you ‘have to stretch,’ tell someone else and give them a date to follow up with you by. See how much YOU can get done.
Get your stretching you know you need done, come along to a flexibility class or if you’re serious about FAST results book a ‘Less Pains, More Gains’ get-flexible 1-1 on:
Our classes are at the fantastic Crossfit London Bethnal green E2
Stiff shoulders? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We can thank our industrial ancestors for our poor shoulder mobility, being shoved in front of a desk as soon as we’re able to speak.
Luckily, there’s a remedy. In comes the bridge. Not only does this open up the shoulders, it builds the core, and is a great milestone for shoulder flexibility.
As with all streches – and any goal in fact – we work things up one step at a time.
- Warm up your shoulders with some mobility exercises – you’ll learn some examples in our flexibility shoulders class.
After your shoulders are opened out a bit, you’re ready to take the bridge for a test drive.
All bridges start in the prep position. Hands by your ears, heals at your backside.
For the first progression, grab hold of a partners ankles – less of an ask for your wrists and adds stability. If your shoulders need some work start with your partners legs wide.
We’ve got a bonus here – your partner can hold your shoulders to take some of the weight.
But good lazy. Once your elbows are straight and shoulders up enough you can let the support go.
Now we’re onto the floor. Same prep position. The closer together your feet and your hands the harder it gets.
A partner can again support your shoulders/neck/lower back etc – but by this stage you should be OK on your own.
That’s it! Head over to flex class for ml ore progressions and pointers on why your bridge might not be working.
Til then, stay chilled, go with the flow and keep up that little-&-often stretching.