Every year Crossfitters from around the world get together what is the largest competitions worldwide, The Open. This year The Open takes place on February 21st to March 21st, five workouts that we get to do as a community. For myself, this will be my 7th year participating in this event and every year I have feelings of excitement and look forward to see how my training the last year has paid off. I get to see where my strengths are, but more importantly, where I need to improve and how I can get better. However, the open is more than just an individual approach, it also brings our community together weekly in a competition environment.
There is a completely different energy during Friday...
As athletes of Crossfit Stealth, you have the opportunity every 4 months to experience benchmark week(s). Two weeks of testing Crossfit HQ’s benchmark WODs and maxing out our lifts, and I don’t know about you, but I love to lift heavy, it’s my favorite thing. But, how do we get there? How do we set ourselves up for success in these lifts? One way to set yourself up for that new PR is to stick to the percentage work that’s programmed.
You might walk into the box and see one of the following:
The whiteboard talk just ended, you finish the warmup and are ready to get going on the WOD but all of a sudden you see a bunch of people run to their gym bags, kick off their sneakers, grab their weight belts, wrist wraps, knee sleeves, and lifters, what is going on here?!? They look like they are ready to go into battle with everything on, but is your equipment being used properly? Are lifters necessary for deadlifts, push presses? What are knee sleeves actually helping with? Let us look at why and when we should be using our “gear”.
Weightlifting Shoes (Lifters):
What are they and why I should use them?
Lifters have been around for a long time, Olympic weightlifters and even powerlifters us...