chris
March 2, 2011

Wednesday Form: Form…an uphill battle.


 
Mountain Climbers…just Mountain Climbers.

The emphasis on “good form” has been described in many fine ways (and cued very well at CF), but maybe none better than how Glasman of CrossFit puts it in his article “Fundamentals, Virtuosity, and Mastery.” He uses a gymnast analogy stating that the score of a routine would include originality, risk, and, virtuosity. The latter being the most important…and as he defines it, “performing the common uncommonly well.”

Unfortunately, he notes, novices will hurry to originality and risk…attempting exercises, techniques, movements that they can’t handle.

“The novice’s curse is manifested as excessive adornment, silly creativity, weak fundamentals and, ultimately, marked lack of virtuosity and delayed mastery.” (Glasman, G.)

Your form challenge is to return to fundamentals. Take those 8-10 basic, common exercises and movements…and do them uncommonly well.

Hit it, Maestro!

chris
Comments
  • Jan March 2, 2011 Reply

    Like pistons! Nice moves.

    Virtuosity is the only thing that makes everything else possible. In every facet of life. Foundations, baby.

    • Wicasa Yatapika March 3, 2011 Reply

      It’s interesting to note the excellent form exhibited by all on the video clip; and it was really the result of being reminded and being challenged at the beginning of class by MD. When someone lays down the challenge at CF, it is always refreshing to see that everyone rises to the occasion. Just another reason why I love coming here, no retreat, no surrender!

  • Wicasa Yatapika March 3, 2011 Reply

    It’s interesting to note the excellent form exhibited by everyone on the video clip; and it’s a direct result of being reminded and challenged at the beginning of the class by MD, and lots of practice! That another reason why I love coming to CF, everytime a challenge is laid down everyone seems to find a way to rise to the occasion…No retreat, No surrender!

  • WIcasa Yatapika March 3, 2011 Reply

    It’s interesting how a reminder turns into a challenge at the encouragement of MD. It’s one of the things that I love about CF; when a challenge is laid down everyone rises to the occasion, No Retreat, No Surrender! Well done Phreaks!!!!

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