Balance Training, How and Why It Can Improve Performance
In order to move efficiently, good balance is non-negotiable. Many athletes focus on training strength, power, speed, and endurance—but they neglect the one aspect that’s a big part of their foundation (balance).
Performing exercises on unstable surfaces is one of the best ways to challenge and improve your balance and strengthen the tiny stabilizer muscles in your body.
Annie Sakamoto: One of the Original "Girls" on Two Decades in CrossFit
Annie Sakamoto remembers that day at the end of 2005 well.
She was one year into CrossFit and founder Greg Glassman told her he wanted her to be in a video attempting a new workout he had created.
“We had no idea what the workout was going to be,” Sakamoto said of the day they filmed what has now become the iconic Nasty Girls video, a workout featuring three rounds of 50 air squats, seven muscle-ups and 10 power cleans at 95 pounds.
“Back then, so much of this stuff we had never done. Seven muscle-ups, three rounds. ‘I wonder what that will be like.’ I don’t think any of us had ever done that many muscle-ups in a workout,” Sakamoto remembered, laughing.
Up to the challenge, Sakamoto—along with two other original CrossFit girls, Nicole Carroll and Eva Twardokens—set up their barbells, waited for the “3, 2, 1 Go” and attempted Nasty Girls for the first time.
“When I go back and watch that video, I’m like, ‘Maybe I didn’t even warm-up,’ because the first rep at that 95 pounds I look completely shocked,” Sakamoto said.
Three Reasons to Program Training Cycles at Your Affiliate
The constant variation in CrossFit is typically one of the main attractions for people coming from a repetitive exercise program, but can start to feel like fitness limbo if tangible improvements aren’t made over time.
Today we’re going to discuss why you should incorporate training foci into your programming to help balance the seemingly “random” feeling that CrossFit workouts can sometimes give to those not trained in the methodology. The benefits range from better class participation and member retention, to helping your athletes become more competent movers.
1. Improved Member Adherence and Retention
Communicating the training focus and educating your members about each programming cycle is a great way to get people excited about coming to the gym. When members understand the goals of the programming and see tangible improvement, they’re going to stay motivated and invested in the training. This can help increase class participation and improve retention.
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🏋🏼♀️ Congratulations to Jennifer Jasper, co-owner of Ocean State CrossFit North, on the 165 pound/74.8kg snatch PR.
🤯 12-year-old Cauzinho Neto and 13-year-old Bruna Salarini Schwenck from Brazil rep out picture-perfect synchro bar muscle-ups.
Congratulations to Tony Lauters from Hastings, NE on qualifying for the North America West Semifinals. The middle school teacher, husband, and father of four was featured in the local Hastings Tribune.
🇨🇦 The “Battle in the North” is coming to Masich Place Stadium in Prince George, BC next month. Hosted by CrossFit Northern ICE, the competition is for fitness enthusiasts of all levels in BC and Alberta. Registration closes May 13th for RX, Intermediate, Masters, and Scaled divisions.
☀️ CrossFit Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ is hosting free public classes on the evenings of June 7th, June 21st, and July 12th at Southwest Park as part of the town’s Fitness in the Park summer celebration.
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