Let's start by getting one thing straight: ripped hands aren't cool. They're often worn as a badge of honour at events, but rarely by athletes at the top of their game. This isn't a coincidence. If you want to perform in any sport, you need to take care of yourself.
Grip strength is possibly the most underrated aspect of performance when it comes to strength training. If you've hit a plateau, it's not just your mobility and movement patterns you should be focusing on. Your grip strength, or lack of it, plays an important role in pretty much everything you're likely to do in the box.
If you watched any of the CrossFit Games over the weekend, you're probably feeling inspired to push your training to the next level. If you've never competed before, that could be the next logical step - but is something holding you back? Entering your first competition can be daunting, particularly if you don't consider yourself an 'elite' athlete. One of the best things about the UK community is the range of competitions on offer, including some that are all-inclusive, and therefore suitable for all abilities and age ranges.
Training isn't just physical. Have you ever failed a lift, even though you knew you were physically capable? Have you ever backed out of a WOD, because your internal dialogue said you weren't fit or strong enough?
To make the most of the summer weather, we thought we'd share some Outside the Box WODs that you can do anywhere, with minimal equipment. Today's WOD comes from Stuart Trees, one of the owners of this month's Box of the Month, CrossFit West Yorkshire. All you need is a timer, two jumpers, a water bottle (it's going to get gassy!) and a big smile!
The gymnastics component of a WOD can often be the most challenging part, for everyone from total newbies to seasoned athletes. Getting your first pull-up, or becoming more efficient at the movement, is always possible - but it takes time and dedication. If one of your goals is to improve your pull-ups, start by following this advice: