If you’ve heard your friends describe their recent workouts or you’ve watched a YouTube video or two, group fitness classes may appear to be moving toward one thing – a seriously intense workout. And this intensity might be the thing that has you intrigued about trying a class yourself. Or, it’s the thing that keeps you coming back to class week after week.
We get it. Finishing a tough, intense workout provides a sense of accomplishment, and intensity absolutely has its place in contributing to your health and fitness. But the foundation for intensity cannot be overlooked.
In the words of Greg Glassman:
“Learn the mechanics of fundamental movements; establish a consistent pattern of practicing these same movements, and, only then, ratchet up the intensity of workouts incorporating these movements. “Mechanics,” then “Consistency,” and then “Intensity.”
What does this mean?
Start with proper movement mechanics, and then add intensity.
Adding intensity before you’ve trained fundamental movement patterns most commonly found in functional fitness training is setting yourself up for problems, like chronic pain and even injury. The best route to intensity begins with the basics. How well can you squat, lunge, hip-hinge, push, pull, and press?
First, you must learn proper movement mechanics. Practice the skills and techniques required to move safely through a workout of any level of intensity. And that learning and refining of skills begin with the basics. And, it never stops.
This is why before we even put a weight in your hands, we teach you how to squat with just your bodyweight. And then we practice how to squat. And after we practice, we practice some more.
Let intensity be your goal, but make sure you take the time to train the fundamentals first. Then, practice performing those basic movement patterns consistently well before adding intensity.
Are you interested in learning the fundamental movement mechanics? Check out MagMile CrossFit in Chicago – we can help! Contact us today to learn more about how to get started.