One of the most common things I hear during an Intro coaching appointment is this feeling of vague apprehension or even very specific fright of the barbell. Some of you may have been around a barbell since high school sports training days and are as comfortable as two peas in a pod with one. Some of you perhaps hadn't touched a barbell until you started training with us at Crossfit Hyperformance. Others may still have yet to do so. Ultimately, the barbell is a great tool for strength training through stress, recovery and adaptation and when utilized properly can certainly be your friend in making progress!
We use the barbell mainly for Powerlifting (bench, squat, deadlift), Olympic Weightlifting (snatch, clean and jerk) and many auxiliary strength movements (strict press, front squat, etc). Having a strength bias, you'll see CFHP programming include a barbell strength movement about four times a week in the Movement of the Day alone. There are several foundational barbell movements that with better understanding and improved movement patterns will make your training through Crossfit that much more enjoyable, effective, and safe.
Making connections through similarities and differences will help you understand some jargon as well as what we as coaches expect to see from our athletes' movement. Through correct and lightly weighted practice better form can become second nature. And that's exactly what we'll cover this Saturday October 4th at 10AM. The Introduction to the Barbell Skill Clinic is great for beginners and intermediate athletes alike. Regardless of your skill level and athletic ability, it's always a good idea to refresh, renew, or simply learn more for your foundation.
I look forward to seeing you there and in the meantime, have a great week of 1 rep max testing!