Points of Performance: the Reality

Despite what most any coach or trainer wants to believe or tell you, the points of performance we harp on and become sticklers about aren’t rules for movement. In fact, there are no rules. There are too many examples of successfully executed movements over long periods of time that break the “rules” for this to be true. 

Points of performance, like keeping your knees in line with your toes and having a “flat back”, are an effort for optimization. Optimization is about best practices and if there is a better way, meaning a higher performing and/or safer method, to be optimal would mean to seek out this way of doing things. Make no mistake. You can deadlift without a flat back and thousands of people will do this today. The same is true for squats with less-than-optimal knee tracking.

What does this mean for us? It’s license to pursue points of performance with incredible passion without being imprisoned by unneeded dogmatic orthodoxy that can come with it. The world doesn’t need more people playing movement police in gyms and online, but rather an environment that can hold space for context and the true vast freedom of human movement. 


Logan Gelbrich   


9/19/19 WOD

Make 2 attempts for time:

500m Row

-Rest as needed-



Bench Press



20 Air Squats

5 Power Snatches (95/65)

400m Run