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Postural Alignment for the CrossFit Athlete by Peter A. Chamis - CrossFit Journal

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December 23, 2010

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Daily life can create imbalances in your body. Peter A. Chamis suggests a few places you can start making corrections in your alignment.

In the design of almost any musculoskeletal fitness program, elements such as strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular activity are universal. CrossFit is no exception.

But when implementing any exercise program, it’s important to assure that the body has a correct structural foundation that’s balanced and aligned. If this is not the case, strength gains will potentially enhance and further develop these areas that are misaligned and structurally lacking. Therefore, as CrossFit athletes (recreation or elite) strive to improve their overall fitness levels, it’s critical to break the cycle of poor posture and consider implementing postural-alignment exercises into their daily routine.

Before this can be achieved, it’s important to understand how poor posture develops, what ideal posture is, and what can be done to correct misalignment.

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7 Comments on “Postural Alignment for the CrossFit Athlete”


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Outstanding article, well written and practical. Thank you Peter!


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thanks pete great stuff sir


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Great article and I do agree with you but what you call postural alignment for the CrossFit athlete is actually the "Egoscue Method", created by Pete Egoscue. The credit should be given to him.


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from Page 5

"Additional Resources
The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion
by Pete Egoscue"


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So I thought this article was great. Egoscue Method or not, I think it is very important to address the posture thing, and not just for Crossfitters but for everyone. I think Kelly Starrett does all the time already. I learned about posture first at a personal training clinic from a postural assessment professional. This was about 5 years ago when I first started Crossfit. I always keep my mind on it, but never do anything about it. He told us how the body is supposed to be aligned and how through everyday activities like sitting in comfortable chairs, driving, playing video games, working on computers, so on and so on, people become out of alignment. Kelly Starrett sealed the deal for me the first time I heard him talking about shoulder impingements. One thing I thought of myself and I'm sure I'm not the first was how people sleep. Most people I know use a pillow. I suppose it's ok to use a pillow when you're lying on your side as long as it's not too high, but when lying on your back I think it causes your head to lean forward. As a reaction to that your spine, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints could be out of whack. As you can probably tell from my choice of language, I don't really know a whole lot of fancy terminology when it comes to the human body. I suppose I should. It was just on my mind and if anyone would care to comment to either tell me I'm wrong or right I would appreciate it.



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I think this article was a good start and I would love to see more writing in this area.


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short but Great article overall!! I would really like to see more articles that address musculo-skeleton functions for athletes like myself. I would really like to see an article on scapula stabilization as it relates to training. Thank You Peter!!

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