Cubbies are here! Reserve them now to get the spot you want! These are for All Access Members, all you have to do is make a label with your name on it and claim your cubby. They are the black cubbies by the PVC pipes. The label maker is on WOD book stand.Read More »
Maintaining a neutral (natural s-curve) spine is fundamental to the compound movements we perform at TNT. A stabile and neutral spine will help you to perform better when squatting, deadlifting, cleaning, snatching, KB-swinging, etc. as well as decreasing the risk of injury. Lifting with a flat and neutral lower-back will help you to move more weight safely with the two biggest faults being over-extension (arching too much) and flexion (rounding your back). This principle applies to every segment of your spine, including your cervical spine (neck).
A common fault when deadlifting, squatting, and doing pull-ups is tilting the head backwards (over-extending). This creates pressure on the vertebral column and immediately decreases the power that can be produced. The same thing happens if a person tilts the head forward, which happens when an athlete looks at their feet with a load on their back or overhead.
Whenever you neck is out of position you will decrease your power and increase the risk of injury. Your eyes should still be looking towards the horizon or slightly above it and this can easily be done without compromising your neutral spine. What is your neck doing when you are deadlifting, squatting, or doing pull-ups?
Video on neutral neck by Mike Robertson:
Kelly Starrett demonstrates the immediate power loss from a poor neck position: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jgZ6OvZOyU
Oscar Isacsson, CSCS, USAW-1
CrossFit TNT Coach
BRING A FRIEND NIGHT IS TOMORROW. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to show off your fitness on Thursday, October 16th at 7:30pm. It will be a one hour class that will include fun, informative and challenging movements. Have your friends create a user name and password on TNT’s website. After they have created that user name they will be able to sign up under the bring a friend class. And yes you can bring more than one friend! You will also need to sign up under the same tab. We are excited to meet your friends and get them as excited about CrossFit as we are!Read More »