Toya’s Tip #2 — Chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self!

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::  Toya’s Tip #2 — Chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self!  ::

Before you even read any further, how’s that posture?

Most likely not that great!  Bad posture is innate, it seems, and it can really wreck you.  I’ve noticed constant back pain now that I’m back in school because I sit for 8 hours all sorts of slouched/hunched/slumped, and I’m sure many of you do the same with your jobs.

Periodically throughout your day you should “check yo self” before you “wreck yo self.”  Nobody wants to be hunchback grandma in X amount of years, so start doing something about it now!

But let’s talk about cR0sSfiT.  You’ve heard all the pointers — tight midline, set those shoulders/active shoulders, external rotation, etc.  Well, how in the world do you expect to do that perfectly when you come to the gym for one hour of the day, and you’re Hunchback of Notre Dame the other 23 hours.  Practice makes perfect, so practice setting those shoulders back, having a tight midline, etc., the entire day, so when you get to the gym and set up for your lifts, the feeling is natural — muscle memory!  If you want to get better at CrossFit, get better at posture.  If you constantly slouch or roll those shoulders in, guess how you look when you lift? Slouchy.  I mean, slOUCHy.  Let’s give it up for Ice Cube, changing lives (and hopefully midlines) — check yo self before you wreck yo self!

P.S. What is good posture doe? (1) Shrug your shoulders, (2)send those shoulders back, like someone is poking both of your shoulders back, then (3) un-shrug, or bring the shoulders down while keeping them back.  It should feel like your shoulder blades are touching and that you’re sticking your chest out.  Questions?  Ask Jim lol!

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