2/27/15 - Human Movement Doesn’t Choose Sides

Movement is movement. It doesn’t root for a particular training program. Human movement isn’t more of a fan of CrossFit than it is dance. It surely doesn’t favor strongman just because I happen to like strongman, either. In that way, we chuckle when folks miss the forrest for the trees about fitness.

This concept was charged in my mind when student, Brian Deming, emailed me a photo of Byron Jones mid-flight on his way to taking the NFL Combine record in the broad jump. The broad jump, as we know, is an incredible display of hip extension and power (amongst other things).

I’m going to go out on a limb to say Byron Jones probably hasn’t spent much time on a pair of gymnastics rings. He probably isn’t incredibly proficient in the muscle up, either, and maybe for good reason. Apparently, he’s become quite good at football instead. He’s plenty explosive and makes a good living without having had to master such things, but that, my friends, is the point!

At 12'3" this was the best broad jump at the NFL Combine.

At 12’3″ this was the best broad jump at the NFL Combine.

Look at the photo above. In this moment, Byron was being tested for his explosive power on the world’s stage. He doesn’t owe anything to CrossFit, gymnastics, Carl Paoli, or any other formal expression of his above position, yet you could literally photoshop a pair of gymnastics rings into the photo and this gentleman is in picture perfect position to execute a ring muscle up (which just so happens to demand explosive power).

FreeStyle LifeStyle1 Muscle and Performance

Carl Paoli finds a similar position of explosive extension at DEUCE Gym.

 

The beautiful thing to recognize here is that Byron found this position because he needed to be explosive to win a job for a football team and Carl found the same position because he needed to be explosive to clear the gymnastics rings in a much different application.

What is the take away here? For me this does two things. This view nullifies limited perspectives that say things like lifting weights, or gymnastics, or dance, or CrossFit doesn’t agree with their body. As much as our bodies repulse poor movement, we thrive freely in great movement. The second thing this does is it obliterates walls that we build up in our minds that segment movement practices like calisthenics, CrossFit, powerlifting, yoga, sprinting, olympic weightlifting, and tumbling.

Think about it.

 

Logan Gelbrich

@functionalcoach

2/27/15 WOD

Complete 3 rounds for reps:

1 Min Max Toes to Bar
1 Min Max Double KB Cleans (53/35)
1 Min Max Sandbag Shoulder to Over Head (95/60)
1 Min Max Jump Squats
1 Min Max Pushups
-Rest 1 min-

Two to Tango

Two to Tango

26

Feb

2015

I once had a man walk in the gym pointing at his midsection and ask me, "How much would it cost to make this go away?" Through his broken English, we worked through key details like him not wanting to bulk up his arms or pay too much money, "just lose the fat here" (around his waist).On another occasion, a man with a small ...
Read more

The 2015 Reebok CrossFit Open is HERE!

25

Feb

2015

Each year the Reebok CrossFit Games crowns the fittest man and woman on Earth. The first stage in this three part competition starts right here at 110 Lincoln Blvd.Each week for five weeks, CrossFit HQ will announce a workout on Thursday evening at 5PM. Participants will have until Monday evening at 5PM to complete the work ...
Read more

An Improbable Scene

An Improbable Scene

24

Feb

2015

Every so often there are particular moments when the magic of DEUCE slaps you in the face more so than normal. There was a moment last Thursday morning where I had to take a second to understand the gravity of the situation.You see, we had a couple friends of the gym visiting from Australia en route to the Arnold powerlifti ...
Read more

CHERRY HERO BAR – WLC WEEK 6: 3-2-1 TO DO

CHERRY HERO BAR – WLC WEEK 6: 3-2-1 TO DO

23

Feb

2015

You can earn your lifestyle points this week by writing and completing one thing you must do each day, as well as two things that you'd like to get done, and three things that would be nice to get done.Each week a meaningful sponsor will help us make for a rich challenge experience. This lifestyle challenge is brought to yo ...
Read more

Opportunity: The Speed of Life

Opportunity: The Speed of Life

20

Feb

2015

We all say it. "Time flies, doesn't it?"I had a particularly fun conversation with Ronnie, a student coach in our Coach's Prep program, today. I warned him that every now and then we've got to realize that we can only operate in the present moment and sometimes this tricks us into thinking we understand reality. The best ...
Read more

Me Time

Me Time

19

Feb

2015

How do you spend your time? Take a day for instance. How much of any given day do you spend on time dedicated to something? Let’s establish a few categories.Me-%Family-%Friends-%Work-%These by all means are not all the categories that you can have, but they will work for this example. Some of these may contain subcategori ...
Read more

DEUCE Day with lululemon Santa Monica

DEUCE Day with lululemon Santa Monica

18

Feb

2015

This Sunday February 22nd we'll be taking over lululemon's flagship Santa Monica store. Join us on the 3rd Street Promenade for a full day (11AM-5PM) of good food, beverages, and people.Whole Life Challenge compliant dishes will be prepared by the team at Scopa Italian Roots, single origin, single estate coffee will be pr ...
Read more

That’s Your Step!

17

Feb

2015

I read a book called "Living Big" by Pam Grout. Its a phenomenal book, and it has a ton of little motivational stories in it. I wanted to highlight one of them, and talk a bit about what we can do in our lives, in our own little corner of the universe to make this place better for everyone else. Instead of fighting and tryi ...
Read more

ORIGINAL Nutritionals–WEEK 5: What You Love

ORIGINAL Nutritionals–WEEK 5: What You Love

16

Feb

2015

You can earn your lifestyle points this week by spending ten minutes or more each day doing something you love.Each week a meaningful sponsor will help us make for a rich challenge experience. This lifestyle challenge is brought to you by our friends at ORIGINAL Nutritionals.ORIGINAL Nutritionals is leading the way with Ome ...
Read more
Page 1 of 212