My last blog talked about the importance of mobility in your CrossFit endeavors. Here’s a great example of the practicality of said mobility for us as CrossFitters. For those of you able to watch some of the early morning Olympic Weightlifting at this year’s Olympic Games, you undoubtedly noticed the depth at which each of the lifters were catching their snatch and their clean (for some, even their jerk!). It requires a ton of mobility to be able to get under and support such heavy loads. The lifter above almost has his butt touching the ground. Often times you’ll notice they aren’t the prettiest squats in the world, but their mobility is such that it allows most of them to get away with it. If any of you have any aspirations of lifting heavy loads, make sure your mobility isn’t the weak link that keeps you from progressing.
Tips: Pay special attention to mobilizing your hips and your ankles. The “baby maker” stretch will do wonders for your hips. Finally, remember that lifting shoes will help with ankle flexibility, but you should still be working on mobility regularly. Don’t let them be a crutch.