Jason Khalipa may not be working at his full capacity—and how scary is that?
The 2008 CrossFit Games champ clearly has the capacity to do a lot work very quickly, and he’s incredibly strong. He’s also very inflexible, and how much better would his performance be if he could achieve more favorable starting positions and didn’t have to waste energy working against tight muscles?
On the table at San Francisco CrossFit, Khalipa is evaluated by Kelly Starrett, who immediately finds problems. Using a simple movement test, Starrett shows Khalipa just how much energy he uses to fight tight hamstrings and suggests that energy could be put to better use moving a barbell.
The owner of San Francisco CrossFit, Starrett is a doctor of physical therapy who works with professionals and Olympic-caliber athletes. According to Starrett, even some top competitors are only tapping 75 percent of their potential due to movement limitations, so he’ll assess the situation with a number of tests, then formulate a plan to correct the problem and unlock hidden work capacity.
Additional reading: Tuning the CrossFit Athlete: Part 1 by Daniel Christie, published Jan. 16, 2010.