6. March 2016 by swissfitchick
The CrossFit Games Open started off a little more than two weeks ago and I absolve them at our gym. The workouts usually sound quite moderate, sans the moderate but adding a #fuckinghard, cause when you actually do them you hang on to dear life. Especially my lungs hang on to dear life. Lo and behold, I survived 16.1 an 16.2 with scores that somewhere made me happy.
We know by now that I have trapped a ton of tomboy inside of me – not literally, cause that would be hard to swallow and a medical marvel or disaster for that matter, but you get the idea. So I can easily doll up to go for brunch with the #GirlsPosse and then turn into a sweaty bitch with a terrifying pain face at the competition. Booze and Ovomaltine Crunch Spread was involved, pre workout – she writes while scratching her head, asking herself quietly if wine could be doping. No, she thinks. Booze is healthy.
Safe to say, I am making the best out of my unemployed status. Gotta get rid of this exuberant energy of mine – for when you have not figured it out by now, I am hyperactive. It’s how I am built, and I got to live with it. I do not recommend to search #hyperactive on Instagram though, unless you are keen to look at a massive amount of pictures of serious weirdos. Pop some other tags. Ha! Got it? So much intended pun here.
In any event, this was just a tiny little week in review and I was going to talk about a training subject which I have not done in a long time. I rather do it than talk about it. Hehe. Total sexual innuendo and #thatswhatshesaid here.
Right, so the origin came from a good friend of mine, also a CrossFitter, who asked me how on Earth I can be so old and train like a fucking idiot and never be injured but making progress. Now that is my wording, she said something along the lines like: ‘I mean, do not get me wrong, you are almost 38 and you train so much, how can you get better and never be injured?’ So proper.
I have done some thinking, which is always dangerous I know, but what I came out with was:
I may sound like a broken record to some, but Mobility did everything to me. I am not a coach nor a professional athlete, but I made the experience to go from a NO SQUAT (not even to parallel!) to an under parallel Overhead Squat. After more than two years of CrossFit, I can do Front Squats with parallel elbows, an OK Snatch, gymnastics works tremendously better and I have not been injured (touch wood), despite a high amount of intense training sessions.
Honestly, trying to make sense of some people’s advices is my first mistake, and it is not a secret that I don’t like being told what I have to do. Yet, what always paid off, was following the advice of our coaches. I am almost if not entirely sure that my non-flexible everything released some serious irritation at the gym – and so I trusted and followed the mobility instructions religiously until today. Mobility, daily, every part of the body, 30 minutes minimum.
I can not emphasise enough how much this disciplined routine helped me to improve not only the efficiency of my training and my progress with it, but also my posture, my overall well-being and finally staying injury free throughout all the years (touch wood). I see, that not everyone’s got the time and freedom to hang out with resistance bands and foam rollers every day – however, 15 or even 5 minutes prior to training may include 2-5 exercises and it is always worth it – more than surfing Instagram for that moment. Listen to this coming from a maniacal Instagram addict.
So, besides all the sass and sarcasm, there is a savvy side in me and it is telling you, that if your goal is to improve all the mentioned skills, do your mobility. Daily. Ask your coaches/physios and they will give you all the instructions needed. Trust an almost 38 and inflexible Swiss, yet with a flexible mindset, a stubborn grind and enough consistency to proof it right.
A little of my week in review and a whole lot of advice. Thank you Meghan for putting the work in!