Mindfulness

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly...oh wait, I am out of the picture, so I guess we can skip the last two.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly...oh wait, I am out of the picture, so I guess we can skip the last two.

Mindfulness is a term usually associated with Zen Buddhism (it is part of the Eightfold Path) or martial arts, but it applies equally to CrossFit.  The purpose of mindfulness is its applicability to every day life.  And so is CrossFit’s, as it is GPP, General Physical Preparedness.

Mindfulness is constant awareness.  So, in many ways, is CrossFit.  Often I see CrossFitters perform a deadlift with incredible focus and excellent technique, but then lift and put away the bumpers and bar with a rounded back and no attention to their movements. One of the very few injuries I have seen at CF West was the result of putting away a kettlebell without any thought for technique.

Mindfulness means that any lift is approached with the same attention as a heavy deadlift.  Every squat, such as getting out of a car, is done with the same form as a squat in the gym.  I know it sounds arduous, but like any habit, it becomes effortless after a while.  Just like mindfulness.

Thoughts? Please post to Comments.

Congratulations to Vero on her soaring 47 1/2″ box jump. Next time, I will get video, I promise.

Workout:

1 Clean and Jerk on the minute for 20 minutes.

Use a weight that is 85% of your 1RM.

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