Staying Functional from Start to Finish


By Sara Cooper

Watching a class as it moves through progressions is a thing of beauty. Everyone is careful with every

movement, keeping backs flat, heels down, chests up – hitting all those points of performance. But

what happens when a coach says “relax that bar,” can simply take all that beauty away.

Too frequently we see people go from practicing a perfect deadlift, to a complete mess just because it’s

time to put the bar on the floor. Or a great athlete picks up the kettlebell looking like a sack of potatoes,

only to then fix their form and start swinging.

CrossFit is all about functional fitness. That means we do movements that are useful and necessary in

everyday life. Just because the reps are done or the weight is light, doesn’t mean you should forget how

to move the right way. The way you lift a 200 lb deadlift should be the same way you pick your keys up

off the ground. The way you squat should be the same way you reach the toilet.

These are movements for life, so let’s do them right every time, whether you’re being watched by a

coach or just grabbing your shoes off the ground.