CrossFit is a high-intensity fitness program that involves a wide variety of functional movements, ranging from weightlifting to gymnastics to cardiovascular exercises. While CrossFit can be a great way to get in shape, it’s important to perform these movements correctly to avoid injury and maximize your results.
Here are three CrossFit movements that you might be performing incorrectly and some tips on how to improve your form:
Squats: Squats are a fundamental movement in CrossFit and are essential for developing lower body strength. However, many people perform squats incorrectly by allowing their knees to cave in or their hips to rise too quickly. To perform a proper squat, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, keep your chest up and your back straight, and lower your body until your hip crease is below your knee crease . Make sure your knees track over your toes and your weight is evenly distributed over your entire foot.
Deadlifts: Deadlifts are another important movement for building strength in your legs, back, and core. However, improper form can lead to injury, particularly to your lower back. To perform a proper deadlift, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and grip the bar with your hands just outside your knees. Keep your back straight and your shoulders pulled back and lift the bar by driving your hips forward and standing up straight. Make sure to engage your core and avoid rounding your back.
Pull-ups: Pull-ups are a challenging exercise that can build strength in your back, shoulders, and arms. However, many people struggle to perform pull-ups with correct form, often by using momentum or not engaging their shoulders enough. To perform a proper pull-up, grip the bar with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and hang with your arms fully extended. Pull your shoulders down and back, engage your lats, and pull your chin up over the bar. Lower yourself back down to the starting position with control.
In summary, performing these three CrossFit movements with proper form can help you avoid injury and get the most out of your workouts.
Remember, it’s better to perform an exercise with correct form and lower weight or reps than to risk injury by using improper form.
(10 PERFECT Reps are waaaaaaaay better than 20 crappy Reps.)