Last week’s post discussed at how we, at CrossFit St. Landry, approach maximizing your results through the philosophy of mechanics, consistency, and intensity. We broke down what this process looks like. We also brought in the idea of this being an approach that ensures a lifetime of continuous development. If you missed it, read that first. The next few posts will be concerned with some things YOU can do to speed this process up even more.
One of the very first questions engineers will evaluate when trying to increase the mile per gallon, or efficiency of a vehicle is aerodynamics.
The aerodynamics of a vehicle is a description of how the vehicle moves through the air. As speed (rate of progress) increase, the effects of aerodynamics are compounded. If a vehicle has good aerodynamics, this means it has minimal DRAG. So, typically the improvement of aerodynamics involves the reduction of drag.
Sometimes the reduction in drag involves a total reshaping of the vehicle. (Some of us wouldn’t mind a total reshaping:) But often, significant improvements will come through small adjustments like the antenna or mirror placement, fender width, or windshield angle. These little things add up quickly but are the best place to start.
The rower is also a good place to imagine what drag feels like. In fact, there is a drag factor display screen on the rower which will give you specific details on the drag factor of a specific rower. What it feels like in practical terms is how much resistance you encounter when trying to spin the flywheel, as well as how quickly it slows down once you stop. By imagining this, it is easy to see that drag is not helpful when trying to move from one place to the next efficiently.
“So what does DRAG look like in your life?”
Since our first phase of increasing results per hour is involved with correcting and improving Mechanics, we will begin by working through an evaluation of our current mechanical patterns and their impact, positive and/or negative, on our quest for results.
We all know we are working on improving this every single day we train. But we are only in the gym for 1 hour a day, while we spend the other 23 doing life. Briefly. thinking about that time ratio, it is not difficult to admit that our mechanical habits outside of the gym will have a huge effect on our progress.
In my next post, we will look at some common activities of everyday life like driving, standing, carrying groceries, picking up children, sleeping, and so on, and we will begin identifying where poor mechanics in these daily activities might be placing an unnecessary drag on our efforts in the gym.
Stay tuned….(automotive pun intended)
Head Coach CrossFit St. Landry