Friday, August 7, 2015

Left foot, left foot, right foot, right

Michael works through Thursday's complex.
Tomorrow is the weightlifting meet at CrossFit Roots. E.J. will be competing sometime after 10:45, so stop by and cheer him on! If you haven't been to a weightlifting meet before, they are a lot of fun. You'll find yourself holding your breath for every lifter to make their attempts. Every attempt on the platform is a chance for success, which makes weightlifting a really positive sport with athletes who all cheer each other on.

"In the house and on the street, how many different feet we meet." --Dr. Seuss

I've been thinking a lot about feet lately. We take our feet for granted. They get us around, they keep us balanced. What do we do for them? We put them in overly cushioned shoes so we can't even feel the ground, or we torture them with high heels or too-tight dress shoes.

Over the last few years, I've transitioned to being barefoot as much as possible and wearing only the flattest shoes I can find, ones that allow me to feel the ground as I walk. As my feet have relaxed more, I've gotten much less accident-prone. I have noticed myself getting stronger, in the muscles and ligaments of my feet, but also in my calves, knees, even hips.

We need to remember that we are descendants of hunter-gatherers, who walked long distances without the luxury of ibuprofin or a couch to plop down on at the end of the day. Today, pay attention to your feet as you go through your day. Are they sore? Can you curl your toes, feel the floor under you? Are you stumbling around on numb blocks, landing too hard, and absorbing the impact in your knees? Your feet are your base for everything we do in the gym, and many things we do out of the gym. Try some shoes that don't use cushioning to block proprioception and balance, be mindful when you walk or stand, and reconnect with the ground. Give it a try and see what happens.
3 rounds with full recovery:
8 presses
max pull-ups (ring rows)