Snatches, Rowing, and Rich Froning. Today’s workout includes a Snatch complex along with some rowing intervals. As a coach and athlete I have developed an appreciation for the efficient execution of the movements included in our CrossFit programming. Efficiency is the ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort. These particular movements, snatches and rowing, are great examples of how prioritizing efficiency is rewarded over time. They are unique in that they are complicated movements. Each movement requires just the right sequencing of flexion and extension across multiple joints. With improved efficiency in the Snatch you’re rewarded with being able to put more weight on the barbell. With improved efficiency in rowing you’re rewarded with a faster pace displayed right in front of you on the monitor. The most accomplished practitioners of the Snatch work on it, or variant of it, nearly every training session. This means 5-6x per week for hours each day. The same can be said for rowers. Rowers are notorious for the amount of volume (90 miles per week is not unusual) included in their training. The reason I personally love these movements is that over the 7+ years of my participation in CrossFit I continue to progress in these movements. There will come a time as we age when strength, endurance, power, and speed decline along with other components of fitness, but efficiency can continue to be improved. When we’re efficient and need to go fast and lift heavy we’re able to do so by expending less effort. This may be the secret to “Old Man Strength”. So where does Rich Froning come into the equation? He is the poster boy for efficient movement. His efficiency is noticeable to anyone who watches, and he is rewarded by what we can all easily understand; winning. It is satisfying as a coach, who spends so much time teaching, encouraging, and enforcing proper movement, to be able to point to Fittest on Earth as the best example. Efficiency is gained through many, “AH HA” moments which are great, but the majority of progress is made through deep practice and repetition. So, come get your reps.
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