Why Should EVERYONE Attend Nuts and Bolts??

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Reminder that we offer a Nuts and Bolts class every weekday at 6:00 p.m. (5:30 pm on Friday) and at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 am on the weekends.

Each Nuts and Bolts session focuses primarily on skill and technique development and often features a short WOD towards the end of the hour. These sessions are aimed at those needing more in-depth coaching and the new CF’er coming out of the intro sessions. They are also open to anyone who is looking for further refinement and focused instruction on these specific movements.

We have had a great turnout to the evening classes for these and are seeing huge improvements in both new athletes, and many who have been CrossFitting for awhile.  It’s been a perfect hour for stepping back from the push and drive of the clock, focus on good positions and technique, and take that new-found improvement into the regular workouts.

(Why EVERYONE should attend CFF Nuts and Bolts)

from Freddy Camacho, CF One World

C&jNatalie Burgener and a simply beautiful looking clean and jerk. Years of practice!!!

Also check this training video of Christine Girard, bronze medalist in the women’s 63kg category at the Olympics.  Impressive that a sub 63kg lifter is nailing lift after lift at 100kg!


Does this scene sound familiar?

The trainer yells “3, 2, 1…Go!”. The music turns up loud. People are grunting and groaning. The next thing you know you’re caught up in the frenzy. Everything you learned about performing any particular movement well goes out the door. Someone is yelling something at you, but you don’t have time to listen. You are flying through the workout. In the end, you’re sprawled out on the floor. You killed it. Oh, wait a second, there was a trainer there yelling coaching cues to you about your movement during the workout? What does the trainer know? You finished first and you did it “As Rx’d.” You are a CrossFitter!!!

In anything we do in life, doing things wrong is always less efficient than doing things right. Unfortunately, training at high intensity has what we call “The Slop Factor”: reach the point of exhaustion, and there is going to be some loss of good technique in your movement. I agree with this 100%, but you should not be sloppy for the ENTIRE workout just for the sake of being the fastest. You should not be thinkng, “Why do it right if I can do it wrong?” 

You can break down how I sit on a toilet seat in the morning and figure out how I can do it more efficiently (probably not a photo compilation you would want me to post on this blog). All human movement involves “technique.” When you start adding objects into the movement (weightlifting) or manipulating the human body through space (gymnastics), the technique sometimes changes from what we do easily (walk, run, sit) to something we need to learn. The human body is an amazing machine. It knows how to work its many intricate parts together to do awesome things, but you can train it to be even better. Training in a nutshell is simply refining your technique. 

In CrossFit, we sometimes forget about refining our technique. Need to do 30 clean and jerks for time? Just bend over and pick up the bar! 50 burpess in a row? No problem. Just flop on the floor and get up as fast as you can! Get done as fast as possible and who cares about technique. DUMB DUMB DUMB!! A workout is not a contest. You don’t win a prize for doing the workout the fastest. A workout is part of your training. It’s practice time. Why would anyone want to practice doing something wrong??? You ever wonder why some gym beasts suck at competitions? They practice moving badly for the sake of moving quickly. They follow the mentality of “Why do it right if I can do it wrong?” 

110731_crossfitgames_21 Tumblr_m7dhr8CJg21rsqd7fo1_500Slow down to go faster? It doesn’t make sense to most people. You need to get out of your head that being the fastest isn’t the goal. Watch CrossFit Games champions Rich Froning or Annie Thorisdottir do thrusters and pull-ups during the workout “Fran.” Their movement is beautiful for almost the entire workout, AND it is fast. Why? Because in their training they practice good movement. Capacity, and ultimately the speed, came second after the efficiency. The best in any athletic endeavor don’t train at being sloppy. They never think, “Why do it right when I can do it wrong?” Every single training session they are thinking about moving well.  

Take your time during a workout to think about what you are doing. I’m not saying you need to come to a grinding halt and everything needs to be perfect. Just think about the little things that make a movement better, especially if you know you have a tendancy to not do those little things. How is your set up? Are your feet where they should be? Am I keeping a tight back? The list of things to think about is huge, but there will come a time when you will move faster without having to think so much. You just need to practice to get there. This is training.

You didn’t join One World (CrossFit Flagstaff) to try and be the fastest during your group session. Most workouts are for tranining, not competing. The clock is just a reference. Turn off the competition mode and get into the practice/training mode. You will be so much better off in the long run.

I’m thinking our next t-shirt might be “CrossFit One World- Training To Not Suck At CrossFit.”  (Or maybe Nuts and Bolts – Training to Not Suck at CrossFit)

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