- 2 minutes diaphragmatic breathing
- Use this time to calm your nervous system and prepare for a great performance. You have put in the work at the gym and now is the time to showcase your effort. It is essential to control your breathing and heart rate throughout the warm up and workout in order to combat extra adrenaline and your body’s stress response. Repeat an empowering word or phrase or visualize your perfect performance during your breathing drills. Carry over the same calm focused demeanor into the rest of the warm and the workout.
Move through each round with intent – controlled movements with moderate pace. Use this time to bring awareness to your body position.
- 3 rounds:
- 10 plank to down dog
- 10 scapular pull up
- 10 KB deadlift – increase load each round
- 10 KB goblet squat with 15 sec hold on last rep – increase load each round
- 3 rounds:
- 5 KB tater (Russian swing to goblet squat) – increase load each round
- 5/5 KB push press – increase load each round
- 10 beat swing
Time to get sweaty! Increase your effort and load through each of the three rounds to adequately prepare your muscles and nervous system for the demands of the workout. Take a few minutes to recover before beginning the workout.
- 4 rounds (fast!):
- 5 thruster – increase load each round
- 3 C2B pull up
Do not neglect your cool down! This “simple” part of the workout can make or break your recovery. Take time to get control of your breathing. Take a 5-10 minute walk/bike/ski/row to let your body know it is safe to come back to a resting state after a huge rush of adrenaline. Be sure to hydrate! A pinch of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon in your water will help you reabsorb water and minerals to aid with muscle recovery.
- Couch stretch -- 2 min each side
- Pigeon stretch -- 2 min each side
- Forearm flexion and extension stretch -- 2 min each direction
- Standing lat stretch -- 2 min each side
Please reach out if you have any questions for me. I am happy to help. Don't forget to check back each week for a new warm up strategy for each of the CrossFit Open workouts.
Good luck, have fun, and leave it all on the floor!
-- Dr. Nessa