When you’re in the middle of a set of wallballs or thrusters and you hear me yell at you to get your chest up, get your elbows out in front, to drop your hips lower or to stay on your heels, there is always a reason. It’s not just because it looks bad, or because it’s not “proper form” – aesthetically pleasing movements, while beautiful to watch, have little to do with aesthetics and everything to do with safety, efficacy, and efficiency. When a movement is executed in a mechanically sound fashion, it looks good to whomever happens to be watching. When it’s executed with too little attention to detail it ends up looking, at best, a little weird. That weirdness is inefficiency in all its ugliness. So next time you hear me send you a verbal cue via airmail, keep in mind that I’m not just being a jerk – it’s because what I’m telling you will help you get better, and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
For further reference, read this article by Jon Gilson of Again Faster. I’m serious – read it now.
Push Jerk 3-3-3-3-3
Tabata intervals (20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 8 rounds) for each of the following:
- Box Jumps
- Knees to Elbows
- Kettlebell Swings