As a member of the CrossFit community, it doesn’t take long to notice that a disturbing number of our fellow athletes seriously neglect their flexibility. The reasons are as varied as the workouts: “I don’t have time.” “I don’t know how to stretch.” “Stretching is for women.” “I don’t need to stretch.” And although some of these excuses may seem valid, stretching and mobility work are an essential part of any athlete’s routine, and CrossFitters are no different.
Yoga is fast becoming the weapon of choice for CrossFit athletes interested in a recovery tool that can also improve performance in training and especially during competition.
When you think of yoga, several images may come to mind: bearded older men contorting their bodies, barefoot hippies clad in hemp, or even a bleach blonde starlet in skin hugging spandex. You may not think of an NFL football player, professional mixed martial artists, or even a die-hard CrossFitter, but the truth is that people from every walk of life practice yoga.
Yoga promotes strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and focus, all of which are values coveted by athletes of every caliber. (Kinda reads like the list of 10 General Physical Skills, doesn’t it.) As athletes, we need to create a strong foundation of support for our muscles to work against. Mobilizing and stretching allows the nervous system to release the brake that’s currently holding your tight muscles hostage and allow an increase in range of motion.
Mobility and stretching should be a proactive approach, not a reactive one. There’s a great deal we can do to improve performance, speed recovery, and prevent injury. Stretching is a great tool for improving mobility and for resolving any positional problems you might have.
Remember, take care to improve your flexibility and your flexibility will take care of you.
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