Virtually every runner has experienced or knows of someone that has experienced the dreaded plantar fasciitis.Even you’re not a runner, you’ve likely know of plantar fasciitis as it is the #1 cause of heel pain.
Anatomy of Plantar Fasciitis
Anatomy of the plantar fascia
The plantar fascia is a strong fibrous band of tissue on the bottom side of the foot.The plantar fascia runs from the calcaneus (heel) and fans out to each of the metatarsal heads (base of each toe).
This fibrous tissue plays a critical role in establishing the longitudinal arch of a person’s foot.The arch of one’s foot allows us to absorb and transmit the forces more efficiently than a flat surface – similar to that of a spring.Read More
The 2015 CrossFit Open Season has definitely lived up to its hype. We saw the addition of an ‘extra’ WOD in 15.1(a), we revisited a previous year’s WOD – 14.2 and now we have the addition of a new Open WOD movement: the handstand push-up.
CrossFit Open WOD 15.4 is a couplet of handstand push-ups (HSPU) and cleans in an ascending repetition scheme smashed into an 8 minute AMRAP.
Tonight, we had the opportunity to sit down with Nate Yoho of CrossFit Merle Hay to watch the live 15.4 announcement. Watching the live announcement highlighted the HSPU as the limiting factor for both athletes.
The HSPU is a movement with inherent pitfalls:
1. Difficult to control breathing inverted
2. Blood rushing to one’s cranium (head) while inverted
3. High potential for cervical spine (neck) injury due to compression
The CrossFit Open kicks off in two days! Over the next five weeks the CrossFit community will be obsessing over five individual workouts. The makeup of these five WOD’s has yet to be announced and is a mystery to most. Most CrossFitters are asking: What will the WOD consist of? I wonder which movements will be used? Will they be long grinders? Or short burners?
Throughout the last four years, there have been consistencies throughout the Open WOD’s. This makes for the ability to predict and plan for what’s to come. For all of you CrossFit athletes highly anticipating the Open, here are my predictions for the 2015 Open Workouts.
The 2015 CrossFit Open is quickly approaching. Somewhat surprisingly, there have been some changes made to this year’s format. Let’s look at what will know will be different in this year’s Open and how it will affect you.
For those who don’t know, the Open is CrossFit’s first step to naming the fittest man and woman on Earth. It’s the beginning of the 2015 Games season and is followed by a Regional competition and then the worldwide Games in California. In the Open, anyone can sign up to compete in five workouts over five weeks and post their scores online. Last year, the Open reached more than 200,000 athletes from around the world. I’ll break down the changes made to the format to help you feel more confident about signing up. Read More
The CrossFit Open is quickly approaching. The worldwide event kicks off in less than a month on February 26th. Athletes everywhere are putting the finishing touches on their preparation strategies for the upcoming test of fitness.
With the window for preparation quickly closing, our clinic has seen an influx of those CrossFit athletes looking to fine tune their bodies. Here’s a look at sixways our athletes are preparing their bodies for the CrossFit Open:
Your low back, more specifically your lumbar spine, has the ability to move and bear enormous weights (see the 1155 pounds below). This ability is unique when compared to the other regions of the spine. To effectively bear enormous loads, such as 1155 pounds, the low back must be in a stableposition. When not in a stable position, low back pain follows.