That was the saying on a shirt I read over the weekend at my Crossfit Level 1 Seminar, and it’s been stuck in my head since.
I’ve been mulling over the idea of getting Level 1 Certified in Crossfit for an entire year. I knew back when I started crossfit that it would be something I would do for a long time, and it more than perfectly fit in with what I was getting my degree in at school. I didn’t know how I would fit it into a career path, but the idea of furthering my education about these ‘functional movements’ was always in the back of my mind.
The idea was put on the back burner for a while as I came home, settled into a new routine, and continued to build strength and confidence at crossfit. Then a few months back the opportunity to attend a Level 1 seminar aligned perfectly and I bit the pricey bullet and signed up.
This past weekend I attended the seminar at a crossfit close by to my house, and I learned more about movement and the foundations of the sport than I ever could have imagined. And the coolest part was that I learned it from some of the top athletes and coaches in the world.
The most valuable part for me was when we broke out into small groups to work on technique of the 9 foundational movements. We spent a huge amount of time with just pvc pipes and these knowledgeable coaches helping us perfect human movement. It was exhausting.
When you actually take the time to think about…. the width of your stance, engaging your posterior chain muscles, sending your butt back first, ripping the ground apart with your feet, keeping your weight back, constantly pressing your knees as far out as possible, maintaining your lumbar curve, butt back further, knees tracking the toes, chest up, arms up, head neutral, keeping the S curve in your back, knees apart more….. it becomes the most exhausting air squat you’ve ever done. I won’t even talk about the snatch.
Human mechanics fascinate me. Good thing, because my student loans keep reminding me I actually have a degree in something I’m interested in. My next step is studying for my CSCS exam… Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. I took a course in college geared toward this exam and have studied the entire book before, so hopefully my past knowledge will find me once again. And although I swore the day would never come, after almost a year off from furthering my education it has felt good to get back into the role of a student.
Striving to perfect human movement.
Are you currently furthering your education in anything? What topics fascinate you?