Jun 14th, 2012
Connie hitting full depth in competition
Webster defines virtuosity as "great technical skill (as in the practice of a fine art)". CrossFitters have taken to applying this definition to our sport. In a classic CrossFit Journal article, Greg Glassman states that virtuosity is "defined in gymnastics as ‘performing the common uncommonly well.’”
In this article that recently appeared on the CF Games site, CrossFit Ann Arbor coach Doug Chapmen discusses virtuosity as it relates to competing in the various stages of the CrossFit Games. He states that you should embrace virtuosity in your every movement, so that when you are under pressure at the highest levels of competition, your body will know exactly what to do — from the proper overhead position to the appropriate depth of a squat:
Virtuosity is gained through uncompromising attention to detail everyday. Athletes are nervous when they step into the arena at Regionals. Many times, their mind shuts off. Whatever they do on a daily basis comes out on the floor.
Not achieving squat depth in May is the direct result of what you were doing in December. Consistently practicing perfect movements hard wires good movement such that it becomes the default setting. Virtuosity is gained through persistent practice.
Duh, I know. But it is always good to remember that when you are or doing a squat-hip-forward-bend-to-an-inchworm or warming up your front squat with a dowel or on your final round of ‘Cindy’, you should be hitting full squat depth on every rep. You will be perfecting a technique that might come in handy at the next CF Games Snatch Ladder. It could happen, right, Candace?Read More