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“WOD” stands for “Workout of the Day”. Every day we post a new workout that’s the workout for all classes that specific day. This way you can compare your score to that of all other members and creates a nice community competition. Also, and this is even more important, it enables you to track your own performance because we program certain workouts multiple times per year. If you beat last year’s score you’ve become a fitter person!
Very important to note is that every CrossFit WOD is suitable for people of all fitness levels. Every movement has many scaling options so no matter if you’re a professional athlete or you have never set foot in a gym before, you can join our WODs. And you will love it, guaranteed!
CrossFit Mobility & Flexibility
Flexibility and mobility are two factors of healthy living that are frequently overlooked. Most people tend to focus on other important pieces of healthy living (such as diet and exercise) and allow flexibility and mobility to fall to the wayside. These two factors of healthy living actually have a much larger role than commonly realized. Being flexible and having full joint mobility can have several beneficial implications on quality of life, including: reducing day-to-day pain and increasing vascular health.
Mobility is closely linked to flexibility in that both affect the body’s ability to function properly. Mobility refers to the ability of a joint to move freely through its range of motion. Inflexibility of muscles can lead to changes in joint mobility, as reflected in the lower back pain case presented earlier. Tight muscles do not allow joints to reach the full extent of their range of motion, which can lead to pain and injury. Not being able to have full function of a joint can cause injury when performing physical activities. Increasing mobility through flexibility is very important, and should be done proactively instead of reactively (Sun 2015). This means that working on mobility should ideally be done to prevent problems, not address current problems. One of the ways to increase mobility is through soft tissue work.
Soft tissue work is a broad topic with several methods, including foam rolling and massage. These methods use the idea of myofascial release to increase mobility. Myofascial release is the technique of applying pressure to connective tissue in order to help eliminate pain and restore motion (Barnes 2016). It has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain in the targeted area. This is a simple technique that can be done individually using foam rollers commonly seen in fitness centers. Combining foam rolling with stretching can help improve mobility and flexibility, and further improve overall health.
Flexibility and mobility are key components to health of an individual. These two components of health have beneficial effects on total health and wellness over a lifetime. Effectively increasing flexibility and mobility can increase joint and cardiovascular health. Many conditions such as lower back pain can be quickly resolved with proper work on flexibility, which can lead to improved quality of life and work productivity. There are also many methods to increase mobility and flexibility, including foam rolling and static stretching.
Source article: “The importance of Flexibility and Mobility”
What is Yin Yoga? This question is asked a lot by students who have been practicing yoga for a while but have never come across this particular challenging style. Simple answers such as “It is the balancing practice for your yang style of yoga” or “It is yoga for the joints, not the muscles” are not overly satisfying. If students haven’t heard of Yin Yoga, they won’t know what a yang style of yoga is. And isn’t all yoga good for the whole body, including our joints? To really answer the question and get to know Yin Yoga requires a fuller explanation. This part of our journey provides a deeper look into Yin Yoga and begins with an explanation of what it is, how it evolved, and its benefits for the whole body mind.
Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues). Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.
Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
While initially this style of yoga can seem quite boring, passive, or soft, yin practice can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the poses. We can remain in the postures anywhere from one to twenty minutes! Yin and yang tissues respond quite differently to being exercised. You need to experience this to really know what Yin Yoga is all about. After you have experienced it, even just once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the asana practice.
Source: “What is Yin Yoga?”
The open gym is for our more experienced members who want to work on a specific skill or movement or for people who have injuries and want to do some extra work rehabilitating. During open gym there is a trainer but not as much supervision as our regular training hours. But if you want to work on your weaknesses, the open gym is for you.