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October 17, 2016

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Have you ever wondered why you have a hard time connecting movement patterns together? For example, toes to bar. It’s when you hang from a pull up bar, lift your feet up together and touch it with both feet. Easy enough, right? Good, now do three in a row. Why is it you understand the movement, but just can’t perform it on a consistent basis. For some, it’s a matter of having body control, for others it’s like taking your first steps. If this applies to you, then you need to attend the gymnastic class. 

When we say “gymnastics” it’s often thought that it’s about performing an iron cross on the rings, or being able to do 30 continuous butterfly pull ups. Well, that image is partially true because it’s the end product. Actually, It’s more about having special awareness (knowing where to go when you can see it in front of you), core strength (resisting force, while maintaining a neutral spine), and the ability to propel your body through space while  having control (i.e. running / box jumping / double under-ing ). Try remembering far back in your childhood, in elementary school gym class, being able to jump around during warm up drills, or maybe even doing a cart wheel. Nowadays I tell you to “piggy back” (jumping on someone’s back) someone, run around the gym and all I hear is, “carry someone on my back and run, that’s hard, I might fall over and hurt myself.”  

As adults we have lost the capacity to have fun and need to regain that wonderful sense of play. Why? Because of fear, the unknown (can I do it???). We need to reignite and rejuvenating this process of having fun again, that childhood curiosity of doing something I’ve never done before and combine it with fearlessness, or yes, I can do it. Aside from that, it has a huge carry over to our perspective on life. Shit, I opened this box because I was tired of working in a job that’s concern  only with numbers. I can say that everyday I walk in these doors I have fun with all of you.

We are all here chasing something, whether it be function or performance. Don’t you want to lift heavier weights, move a little faster, be more flexible, and not get stuck on certain workouts cause you can’t do certain gymnastic movements. Well if your answer is yes, then you need to attend this class. Here you will learn to be more balanced, flexible, and coordinated so that you will have no restrictions in your movement, consequently, allowing you to reach the next level. Also, learning gymnastics is a lot of fun. Last time I checked, this is the reason we chose CrossFit. Right?

JannaFerraroOctober 17, 2016

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