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Coordination

Definition:

a. the organization of the different elements of a complex body or activity so as to enable them to work together effectively

b. the ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently

Synonyms:

cooperation, teamwork, collaboration

This is another one of the skills we work on in CrossFit that eludes many people that walk through the door.  Can you pat your head and rub IMG_0512your belly at the same time?  Maybe yes, maybe no.  The movements of CrossFit are generally complex patterns of movements of the body and objects that, unless performed in a coordinated manner, can be incredibly difficult.

Let’s start with the obvious.  Jump roping and double unders.  Getting a long skinny piece of wire to move easily around the body without it hitting your arms and legs can be very challenging in the first place and now we ask you to get the rope to go twice and the body only once?  And if the coordination is off, you literally get punished by being whipped at high speeds.  Sounds like fun right?  HECK YES!  Being able to figure out how to control your own body and an eternal object so that come together in a flawless work of art is incredible.  You now become a master of self and all things around you!  It is an amazing feeling to know that you can manipulate yourself and objects to work together to achieve a common goal.

Let’s take a look at kipping pull-ups.  Doing a strict pull-up is not hard for many of us to figure out and we can either do it or we can’t (hello skill of strength).  But when a person is asked to coordinate the timing of the horizontal momentum of the swing to the vertical momentum of the pulling motion, things get crazy.  This takes time, this takes practice, and when it comes together, we live out the “b” definition provided above.  Using the body smoothly and efficiently.


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By being coordinated, smooth, and efficient with our bodies, we are able to do more work in a shorter amount of time.  What does this mean?  Better results both inside and outside the gym.  Inside the gym, you get those extra reps in.  Those crucial last minute reps that can bump you from last place to first or that can create the hormonal reaction that provides change in your body composition.  When your work capacity increases, your results increase.  Plain and simple 🙂

Outside the gym, coordination is imperative.  Can you ski down a mountain and control the two slippery skis underneath your feet?  Can you create coordination and teamwork between your two year old, four year old, and new puppy so you can walk to the park without complete disaster?  Believe it or not, but each time you do a team or partner workout inside the gym or run with a medicine ball, you are actually training yourself to be able to coordinate your work meetings, your gardening project, or to simply not step on a rock during a run in the mountains.

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Coordination – – cooperation and teamwork between you and the world around you.  Want the puzzle pieces of your life to fit together?  Come to CrossFit Julia and improve that coordination!

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