CrossFit for Skiers. It hasn’t been a great year for snow, sickness but there’s plenty of ski season ahead. CrossFit is a great training program for so many sports and activities, but skiing may top them all. Sitting in an air squat, hamstring engaged, keeping a tight core, with your upper body guiding you as you speed down a mountain? CrossFit baby!
RMF…or why you can’t breathe during a WOD. Breathing during a WOD, or even a lift, is very important. Proper breathing during a lift can set your body and put you in the necessary tension to execute the lift. How you breathe during a lift is a very individual thing, but it’s also intuitive. You’ve been breathing your whole life.
When it comes time to pick up something heavy, your body will know, “take a deep breath, and hold it”. It’s why we don’t teach breathing on lifts to often. Breathing during a WOD does the same thing, but under lighter loads, “lift breathing” takes a back seat, and survival breathing takes over. You may hear panting or even wheezing during WODs like Fran. What I always tell myself, and Athletes, is “Breathe early and often”. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the beginning of WOD trying to go fast. As a coach and an Athlete, I notice athletes (myself included) holding their breathe from the start from sheer focus.
Breathe early and often. Holding your breathe early in a WOD can send you into a hypoxic state early in the WOD, and the effects of this can snowball over the course of the effort. I try to tell myself to breathe out at the top of each rep, clearing the bad air. Think about how you would breath on a kettlebell swing. A deadlift. A burpee. Doubleunders. Practice this.
Workout of the Day
Deadlift 65% of 1RM
9 Sets of 3 On the minute
7 Deadlift 225/155
Run to Fence
There is an advanced version of this WOD that is heavier. Advanced Class People may use the alternate weight. It is significantly heavier.