You can’t round out your physical capacities across broad time and modal domains while ignoring physical limitations and going for broke in each workout. All athletes, even world champions, have some limitations due to lack of flexibility, mobility or injury. Kelly Starrett contends that movement troubles are best exposed by CrossFit, diagnosed by a trainer, and treated by the individual.
But where do you begin?
“Start with what you know,” Starrett says.
CrossFit trainers are given a wealth of information at Level 1 Certifications. Establishing a firm grasp of the nine basic lifts is the key to helping clients identify and remedy mobility and flexibility issues. By taking this basic knowledge, one can facilitate better movement just by assessing some deficiencies.
In the first installment of a multi-part series, Starrett explains how he feels flexibility—or lack thereof— affects all athletes and shouldn’t be ignored.
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Additional reading: Squat Clinic by Greg Glassman, published Dec. 1, 2002.