Reader Dave, like many others who I have been involved with, inquired about my opinion of crossfit. Indeed, in the past many crossfitters have commented or sent me a message through facebook to ask what I think of what is probably the most popular ”workout sport” at the moment. This post has nothing sciency about it, although it has some punch to it. This is rare – so enjoy it- that I am publishing an opinion piece on this topic.
Ask First Pull Fridays
For this third edition of Ask First Pull Fridays, I received a question from Angela who inquired about correct pulling technique. Angela had a question about how one should be pulling during the lifts. Concretely, she wanted to know if you should pull all the way up to the crease of your hip because she was told it should never happen. It is a very interesting question in itself and it should be a good reminder to everybody, coaches included. If you would like to send your question for the next edition of AFP, you are more than welcome to do it through here or here.
Without further ado… Let’s explore how one should pull.
Ask First Pull Fridays 2 : On the topic of pulling yourself under the bar efficiently and developing the confidence to do so
Last week, for the first edition of Ask First Pull Fridays, I talked about the controversy of whether knees should go out or not during a squat. This week, for the second edition, I answer Jon’s question about pulling himself under the bar in the lifts and how to build the required confidence to do so. There is no doubt that to be a successful weightlifter, you have to be able to pull yourself under the bar correctly. I would argue that this skill is the most important skill of weightlifting.
How do you develop this skill and, more importanly, how to you become confident enough to go at it? This is what we will look into. First, let’s start with Jon’s question.
Since the creation of First Pull, I have received many e-mails where I have been discussing weightlifting in some form or shape with readers. The discussions have been extremely interesting and this led me to this first edition of ”Ask First Pull Fridays”. Indeed, I think everybody can benefit from these discussions. It goes without saying that I encourage you to send your questions through the contact button. Every Friday, I will answer thoroughly one question. Today’s question came from David who wanted my opinion on the recent debate about pushing the Knees out in the squat. It is a topic that has gained a lot of coverage lately through Bob Takano. Many things have been said, but I think very important pieces of the puzzle were left out.
Without further ado…Here is the first edition of Ask First Pull Fridays