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Old 12-18-2008, 08:46 AM   #1
Edward Rinkiewicz
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Strong, Fat and Stiff

I'm strong, but fat and stiff due to a life of on-again off again periodized workouts with no flexibility training. Heres my question:

How does flexibility training fit in with Crossfit training. Is it part of the workout or something you do on your own?
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:53 AM   #2
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Re: Strong, Fat and Stiff

Sort of both. Oly movements, full depth squats, kipping pullups, etc will stretch you out. BUt if you are stiff, you may need to stretch to be able to do some of those things.

Alot of it depends on your goals. Alot of sports and daily activities don't require much flexibility beyond what full range multi joint excersizes will provide, but something like Ju-jitsu (especailly no-gi due to the rubber guard) require active stretching and devoting some of your training time to it.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:21 AM   #3
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Re: Strong, Fat and Stiff

While most of the movements won't promote increased flexibility, a certain level of flexibility is required to perform them. It's probably best to do some type of dynamic and/or static stretching both before and after the WODs.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:26 AM   #4
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Re: Strong, Fat and Stiff

Hmm ROM training is someting I use pre-WO followed by light Static Stretching post workout. Stretching before a workout has been shown to cause a drop in performance. However, properly executing all the movements overtime will increase your flexibility.

Light static stretching throughout the day can really fix some of your stiffness too and could really improve your flexibility quickly.
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:45 AM   #5
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Re: Strong, Fat and Stiff

Go to a Yoga class. I'm going to start. I'm a damn inflexible way too stiff jointed person.
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:47 AM   #6
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Re: Strong, Fat and Stiff

Do you have overall flexibility issue or is is limited to certain areas i.e. hamstrings, shoulder, hips, ankles, etc?

I think that you should work on flexibility daily. You will progressively get more flexible as you do your daily WOD's but it is hard to perform a lot of the movements required in the WOD's efficiently due to that lack of flexability therefore making them even more difficult then they already are.

I know of a few people that have emailed Coach Bergner and asked him for some help. They have had huge improvements. He is a great coach and is always willing to help.
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