Well, for the 1st time ever, I opened one of my Crossfit London Wods with some mobility. I swallowed down the taste of sick in my mouth and did some floor squirming. Its not because i hate stretching ( I do), but I’ve always seen poor quality “fitness leaders” while away 30 minutes of a class with facile stretching routines, that i felt it was basically a con.
In our early stages I saw flexibility improvements from practising the squat and our core movements, but, i think once people get more elite, a dose of flexibility could be just the ticket. I was lucky enough to spend part of this weekend with a yoga friend of mine. He put me right, explaining how gentle co operative stretching fuses the mind body and soul together. However, as he cannot squat, or deadlift, is overweight and ill ( like most yoga people I meet), i threw all this advice away until he presented ” flexibility” in a context he knew I would understand “Andrew” he said ” you need to speak to your special inner being” ” take a deep breath let it out slowly ……and unleash the inner violent pyschotic disturbed sociopath that lives there”. It then hit me: Mobility as a blood sport…
So, the Samson stretch, held for 60 seconds ( or until blood seeps out of the joints:) followed by a bit of floor squirming: the local legs bums and tums club would have given me a cuddle.. Then it was 3 rounds of 3 front squats (cleaned) with pull ups for rest ( kipping or weighted or negatives for those with wibbly arms)
Onto the main event based on a games WOD
9 X 70kg deadlifts
12 X Push ups
15 X tuck jumps
amrap 15 minutes. Some great scores, well done.