The ideas from this article come from this article in the CrossFit Journal.
Gymnastics is the ultimate test of body control. While many of us might think of gymnastics as a child’s sport, the applicability to adult life is insurmountable. The upper body strength and control that gymnastics movements such as dips, pushups, pull ups, and rope climbs translates into everyday feats. For instance, the ability to push up off the ground is a pretty important element of playing with grandchildren. The upper body strength required to perform a pull up or rope climb targets many of the physical skills necessary for fitness such as accuracy, coordination, and agility.
Another element of body control is flexibility. Many people who work desk jobs, or drive vehicles in their career have very tight and immobile hips. The best solution for mobility is ROMWOD, range of motion workout of the day. This 10-15 stretching routine changes daily and targets the tight hips, backs, and shoulders that plague many CrossFit athletes and weightlifters. Click here to learn more.
Gymnastics is just one element that CrossFit encompasses, in two weeks we will discuss weightlifting. Next week we will discuss the New You Challenge.