January 28, 2010
With several simple exercises, Daniel Christie believes you can create a routine that will improve both your posture and your CrossFit performance.
In Part 1 of “Tuning the CrossFit Athlete,” we discussed how common postural traits are evident in virtually every gym and CrossFit box worldwide.
Faulty posture known as “upper and lower crossed syndrome” can affect strength, stability and performance and negatively impact our ability to use ideal form during key CrossFit lifts.
Now we’ll show you how to improve your posture and improve performance through soft-tissue release techniques, focused stretches for commonly tight musculature, and gluteal and scapula-retractor activation exercises.
Foam rolling and active isolated stretching (AIS) are my personal techniques of choice to address upper and lower crossed syndrome. No fancy equipment is needed, and both techniques are relatively easy to incorporate into your CrossFit warm-up or do on rest days in front of your television. The entire foam-rolling, AIS and activation routine should take approximately 20 minutes.
These basic self-help techniques can be used to create a simple routine that will help prevent injuries and minimize current muscular aches and pain. Invest just 20 bucks in equipment and about 20 minutes of your time several times a week so you can maximize your WOD.