CrossFit advocates proficiency in each of 10 fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. Comparing the body to a computer it was explained to me at my CrossFit Level 1 certification improvement in the first four (endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility) has more to do with the enhancements or changes in the body’s hardware. Improvement in the last four (agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy) has more to do with changes in the body’s software. While power and speed are a blend of both. It’s easy to see how some are trained more than others, but one that doesn’t get nearly enough attention in my opinion is balance.
Balance is the ability to evenly distribute weight enabling someone to remain upright and steady. Outside of pistols and lunges and our Olympic lifts, we don’t devote nearly enough time to training our balance. Some of you surf, skateboard, snowboard, etc. as hobbies and find that balance is a crucial component in those activities. Another, less familiar, activity that trains balance like nothing else I’ve encountered is slacklining. Slacklining emerged in the early 1980’s as a pair of rock climbers from the Olympia, WA area popularized the activity and has since spread through the rock-climbing community and beyond. Slacklining is like walking a tight rope, but instead of an actual rope one balances on a webbing strap without the aid of pole like many tightrope walkers use. Slacklining is also distinct from tightrope walking because the strap one walks on is not rigidly taut. Yes the webbing is under tension but it is much more dynamic than a tightrope, stretching and bouncing as one moves on it.
Mark your calendars for this Saturday, April 13th because after the morning workouts finish we’re going to string up our new slackline. Intrepid members are invited to stick around, or grab some lunch and come back to join us for a free informal slackline workshop. Ruth and I have a tried it several times now and find it challenging at first but very addictive and fun! Here’s a great video from Gibbon Slacklines showing the basics to balancing and other tips to help you progress. Take a look at the video, and we look forward to having you out this Saturday.
Athlete’s Choice: Front Squat or Back Squat 3×5
Perform the Following for Time:
50 Box Jumps