This weekend is Labor Day! Which means that every single person and their mother is moving in Boston. Luckily, you do CrossFit. Having just finished school I had my fair share of moving in and out of dorms and apartments over the past four years. I remember my sophomore year my mom and I were moving me into a dorm that required us to go up two flights of stairs, down a hallway, and up another three flights of stairs. Needless to say, it took all day and my mom and I were sore for days. During my most recent move, with every box and piece of furniture I moved I was able to relate it back to something we do in CrossFit. So whether you’re among the masses moving apartments or if you get roped into helping out one of your friends, don’t forget to move as if you’re in the box instead of carrying them.
Deadlift your boxes. “Lift with your legs,” they always say. But there’s a point to this. You should lift a barbell and a box the same way by starting in a low, set-up position. Drive up through your heels and even though the box is an awkward shape, take care to keep from rounding your back too much.
Squatting. Lowering those boxes is just as important as lifting them. Unless you live in an all-pillow apartment, chances are you’re going to be lowering some heavy stuff. Keeping the boxes in close to your body will bring the load closer to your center of gravity and give you better leverage to manage the weight.
Lunges. If you’re moving up as many stairs as I did, be careful not to overextend your back in order to support the weight of your belongings. If all else fails, ask Eric how to tie furniture up by a rope and catapult it out of a second story window. He’s an expert.
And just because you’re not lifting a barbell doesn’t mean you’re not working hard. It’s an opportunity to see how your progress in the gym can help you in everyday life. Remember to drink lots of water, get plenty of food, and plenty of rest once you’re all settled in. Happy functional moving weekend!
August 29, 2012
Strength: Press 3-3-3-3-3