A few months ago, Your team of coaches met and we put our heads together about possible seminars that we could run for members. At first we were going to create a clinic for all squat based movements and figure out how to improve them. We wanted to find a “Cool” factor for a clinic for all of our athletes. We wanted to come up with a way to make you improve safety, performance and give you some drills, and knowledge to take home with you that allow to grow as a athlete.
Our team of coaches met once a week for about a month talking about cues and drills and correctives that we could bring to the table that we weren’t able to pay as much attention to during class. We had some basic ideas but nothing was giving us the “Wow” factor. So after that month I went back to the drawing boards. I kept digging, approaching all of our team and at times probably nagging and obsessing over the clinic with Stef, Matt, Doc Tom, Steve m, Bri Phil and Gillies and even some of our members. I was constantly reading, studying and watching videos and researching what was necessary to have a successful squat. Finally it clicked. Stability.
Stabilization is frequently and easily misunderstood. To be more specific stability is having the ability to support a structure I.e. Your body. Your body is the structure and it is at all times under load. Yes, your body weight, (your muscle tissue, fat and bones is your body’s natural load)
Sitting up straight, walking, running, moving, lifting, and most activities require stabilization and when stability is lost your structure will give out somewhere.
With that said, I’m guilty of squatting without a stable midline. There, your coach said it! I’ve done it multiple times because I was unaware and misunderstood stability.
So what is stability and how is it used to support our structure? Your core (glutes, abs, low back muscles) are responsible for holding you up. Now here’s where it gets tricky. Your spine is obviously your back bone that runs from your hips to your neck which consists of l a bunch of vertabrae stacked on top of each other with little rubbery discs in between each vertabrae. Stability of the spine means that we are stacking our vertebra one on top of the other, with no anterior or posterior tilt.
This is surprisingly way more difficult then you think and requires some focus and practice just to stand up straight.
Stability is crucial in everyday life and especially all of our movements that we do as athletes. If we can correct and learn how to increase our stability our gains will increase and our injuries will decrease.
Luckily, Crossfit Newtown has access to a very knowledgable sports D.C. Doctor Tom! Doc Tom has been helping us dive into this stability more and more and is a great resource for all of us (members included)!
Some of you have already heard our coaches talking about stability in different positions and even practiced squatting or pressing while trying to increase stability.
During our squat clinic we will be focusing on stability of your midline during the basic squat and show you how, why and what it takes to do so. This is only one of the many topics we will be focusing on during the squat clinic.
We will have more coaches aka more eyes. This is a great opportunity for all of you! All of our coaches bring something different and special to the table and what could be cooler than bringing all of us together and letting us watch you move, correct you and coach you?!