Daily Fit Tip: Aug. 23

Practicing fundamental movement patterns

What’s the best workout plan? It depends, so let me explain.

Most workouts work, but only to the extent that they were designed for. That’s why I have a love-hate relationship with pre-built workout plans.

On one hand, they encourage people to start exercising and provide a direction. But on the other hand, they often don’t scale movements to the skill level of the individual.

Scaling workouts to the proper level is something that’s really important in CrossFit.

The way to do that is to focus on the movement pattern first before you pick the actual exercise.

For example, I often see people performing heavy weighted back squats before understanding things like core engagement, foot placement, and many more important skills that are necessary for a safe, effective workout.

Not only does that jeopardize safety, but it also reduces the efficiency and effectiveness of the workout as well.


Before you jump into your next workout, quickly review the movements you’re performing. How confident do you feel about how you do those movements?

Most movements are broken down from the following general movement patterns:

  • Push

  • Pull

  • Squat

  • Lunge

  • Rotation

  • Gait

By constantly working on those patterns, you’ll develop a toolkit of skills that’ll carry into just about every exercise that you’ll perform.

Not sure how to integrate that into your routine? Shoot us a message, we’re here to help!

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