The Last 5%

Bizzle after the making it through the warm up.

I was watching my sister-in-law rehearse at the ABT headquarters the last time I was in New York, and I noticed that whenever she had her leg in the air balancing, such as in an arabesque, she always lifted the leg a little higher before she put it down. She told me that it was a little thing that left an impression of height and airiness in the audience’s mind. She said that little tricks like that make all the difference between being a good dancer and the consummate professional and that far too many dancers neglect that last 5 percent of the movement.

The same can be said for CrossFit. How many times have you watched someone perform a movement and they are short-cutting the end of the movement. Maybe thrusters for example. Or kettlebell swings. Sure, you want to cycle fast, but there should be that little pop at the end of the movement.

How about cleans or snatches. So many times the last 5% of the pull is left out. That last little bit that will set the body on the heels and bar tight. Even on the setup. Did you get the all tension you could?  The last 5%? Or squats. The last little bit of depth that leaves no doubt that it was low enough. The last 5% of the movement.

Focus on the last five percent of the movement. It will make everything you do crisp and clean.

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Your moment of Zen. Pretty incredible.



8×2 where the last 2-3 sets are 2RM.


AMRAP in 10 minutes:

1 Muscle Up

3 Hang Power Snatches

5 Wallball