Michelle practices the Warrior III.
Coach Glassman challenges us to find fitness through mastering the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Have you noticed we've been practicing scales (holds), L-sits (holds), inversions (holds), planks (holds) and stretching? In fact, today we are practicing the splits. Can you do them? They are included in Coach's original CrossFit charter. Yet, vey few of us can do them.
Let's face it. No one likes "stretching," and none of us do it enough. However, one of our CrossFit goals is to regain our full range of motion and increase our flexibility. Being flexible and have full range of motion of your joints and muscles is as equally important as strength, power, speed, endurance and stamina.
Just like with everything we do in CrossFit, increasing flexibility and range of motion requires regular training. The good news is that we train our flexibility and mobility every day in class. More good news is that you can easily train your flexibility and mobility at home. Do you sit on the couch at home? Do couch stretch!
Regular stretching also has other benefits such as:
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