Who needs it (everyone!), why, and what should I expect Thursday?
*CrossFitters: We will use Thursday's Squat Therapy to individually address issues you face when squatting (elbow pain in the front rack position, lack of overhead mobility for overhead squats, hip or knee pain in any squats, etc.) by first analyzing your technique and then examining your mobility.*
From the CrossFit Journal: "The squat is essential to your well-being. The squat can both greatly improve your athleticism and keep your hips, back, and knees sound and functioning in your senior years. Not only is the squat not detrimental to the knees it is remarkably rehabilitative of cranky, damaged, or delicate knees. In fact, if you do not squat, your knees are not healthy regardless of how free of pain or discomfort you are. This is equally true of the hips and back."
EVERYONE squats in some form at some time during the day (on a toilet, a couch, at a work desk, in a car, etc.) EVERYONE needs to know how to do so properly in order to continue to sit down and get up without assistance - no one wants to use a help aid call button to get off of the toilet in the retirement home. Keep your dignity. Learn how to squat.
Do your knees, hips, or back ever hurt during the day? There are many reasons why this could be, but the proper squat is the #1 tool to ease these pains. Performing active squatting exercises builds the strength you need to do every day tasks. Holding passive squats as a stretch alleviates tension on your joints, leg muscles, and back muscles for easier movement and pain relief.
Here's what to expect Thursday:
Our WOD begins with members warming up and maxing their clean & jerk. If you are dropping in for the day, you can participate in this but you do not have to. The last 30 minutes of each class will include Squat Therapy and Overhead Squat work. If 30 minutes does not give you enough time to prepare for the Overhead Squats, don't sweat it, take your time.
Beginning with everyone in a group, we'll warm-up the basic air squat, then start talking about specific issues that arise, putting people with similar issues together for technique and mobility work. You can expect one-on-one work, to learn exercises you can practice at home or before/after coming into the gym, and a fun time with a great group of people! At home, you will start to pay attention to how you sit and stand and hopefully after about a week of this, you'll see improvements in your daily movements and less pain throughout the day.