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WHY ARE ANIMAL MOVEMENTS SO GOOD?

WHY ARE ANIMAL MOVEMENTS SO GOOD?

We have sprinkled Animal Movements into our programming at GEO over the last couple of years because they are a great way to warm-up and an even better way to challenge our mobility, coordination, balance and agility. A lot of people shy away from them because they can highlight inadequacies in flexibility and movement patterns.  But this is precisely why we should be doing them.  So that we can identify weaknesses and work on them so that they are no longer so.

Many of these movements are ones that a baby, toddler, and child perform naturally without thinking.  So why is it that as an adult we find these movements challenging?  I would suggest that we have forgotten the art of PLAY. We have become more rigid (physically, mentally, emotionally and socially) the older we get because that is what society dictates.  Because we have tied ourselves down to our jobs, our families, our modes of transport, our screens (big, small, portable).  Because we martyr ourselves with all of these  things that society dictates should be our priorities – work, family (and the screen which seems to permeate all aspects of our lives) and we do not allow ourselves the time to PLAY.

Well I would like to raise a middle finger to society and say, “No, I will not be restricted to a life of no play, exploration or adventure.”  I will get outdoors and play with my kids or my dog.  I will learn how to surf at the age of 45.  I will head down to the park or the beach and crawl, and jump, and skip, and twist and climb.  I will throw a frisby/ball.  I will walk along the length of a low brick wall.

Embrace these animal flow movements as your opportunity to PLAY.  Move your body in foreign ways (foreign to adults, that is) to promote better balance and coordination, joint strength and mobility.  Tap back into the child inside of you.  You just might enjoy it.

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

STRENGTH

A. 4 sets of:

8 Deadlifts (Touch n Go)

B. 4 sets of:

1:20sec Planks

METCON

A. Tabata Assault Bike:

6 rounds 15 sec ON/15 sec OFF

B. Animal Flow

20 minute flow of these movements 1 lap each

Bear crawl

Ape crawl

Joeys

Crab

Lunges

Lizard

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HUMP DAY

Yesterday we kicked off term 2 of our GEO Young Guns program with our youngest ones (8-10 years old) hitting some Back squats, Running, Step ups, Wall climbs and Burpees.

 

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

STRENGTH

A. Overhead Complex

5 sets of:

3 Snatch Grip Push Press + 3 Overhead Squats

***Light work

B. 5 sets of:

3 Power Snatch

***Build up the weight

METCON

For time:

100 Double Unders

50 Air squats

25 Wallballs

12 Handstand Push-ups

6 Bar Muscle Ups/Chest 2 Bars/Pull-ups

3 Dumbbell Man Makers 20/15kg

WHO’S FEELING CHIPPER?

As some of you know, Kaino has been helping out in recent weeks with Coaching after completing his CrossFit Level 1 Certification a short while ago.  Tonight he will be taking charge of the 6.15pm class and the 7.15pm Talon session, so come on in and make his first class as Coach a memorable one.

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

METCON

A. In teams of 3, perform relay style:

3 x 200m Sandbag Runs each

***Perform a plank when you come back from your run and hold until your teammate comes back.

B. 15 min AMRAP:

In teams of 3, 15 min AMRAP:

60 Burpees

90 Kettlebell Swings 24/16kg

120 Wallballs

 

WOD – Thursday 18 August 2016

Hit play, close your eyes, and listen.

 

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

STRENGTH

Deadlift 5-5-5-5-5

METCON

14 min AMRAP

14 Deadlifts 60/40kg

14 Burpees over the bar

14 cal Row

WOD – Wednesday 9 March 2016

Matty hits his toes to bar in 16.2

Matty hits his toes to bar in 16.2

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

STRENGTH

3RM Overhead Squat

METCON

10 min AMRAP

10 Wallballs

10 Box Jumps

10 Kettlebell Swings 24/16kg

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