Strong Technique (Fri 7/30/10)

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Strength is good. You need more of it. With all other things being equal, the guy who’s stronger will win every time. But strength will only get you so far before poor technique will bring your precious progress to a spectacular halt. When was the last time you missed an overhead squat because you didn’t keep your arms locked out? Or maybe you missed a clean because you didn’t get your elbows up high enough or fast enough? How about those of you who can do plenty of pullups and ring dips but can’t do a muscle-up yet? It’s poor technique that’s holding you back – not a lack of strength.

When you’re working out at the gym, you should be practicing technique as often as possible. If you build a foundation of movements based on good solid technique (like with a PVC pipe, for example), you can be sure that bad inefficient movement will never be the reason you miss a lift. The thing about technique is that it gets harder as you add weight. I believe I heard Pat Sherwood at the Level 1 Cert put it like this: “the demand for good technique is as high as the load is large.” Yep, the heavier you go, the better your technique better be.

So practice your technique on every movement and lift you ever do. Practice it like your success depends on it, because guess what?

Today’s WOD:


Five rounds for time of:

15 Deadlifts (225/183)
20 Box jumps (24″)
25 Pull-ups