Tip Tuesday: Master the PVC before you master the barbell

Yep, lifting weights is very, very cool, but lifting heavy weight is earned, not given. It almost seems silly to practice a move with a PVC pipe when we’re capable of lifting much more, but it’s all about mastering the basics. Move well first, then add weight, not the other way around. In Crossfit, everything happens fast, so the movement patterns need to be second nature. Moving light weights and doing so with a purpose is how we accomplish that. How it looked is much more important to us than how heavy it was.

A quote from the blockbuster 2000 movie, The Patriot comes to mind. There is a scene where they are about to ambush a group of British soldiers. Before telling his (very young) sons to open fire, Mel Gibson’s character says to them “aim small, miss small.” We like to think this applies to Crossfit too. Every time you pick up a bar, PVC or heavy barbell, don’t just go through the motions, move with intention.

We get it, you didn’t go to bed last night anxious to go warm up for tomorrow’s workout. Warming up is typically pretty boring, but it’s an important part of the process. Whether the coach is making you do it or you’re working out on your own, the PVC pipe should probably be a part of your workout. Our hope is that this explains why we always start light and that you’ll do the same wherever you workout.

As always, Move well. Eat clean. Be happy! Oh, and go watch The Patriot, if you have 4 hours to burn!



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— Leyna