In this episode, we discuss how we think training should be designed while keeping in mind movement smoothness and complexity. Our training examples are focused around high-skill movements in CrossFit (Snatch, Butterfly Chest To Bar), and our thought process behind the progressions from beginner to elite athletes. We also provide examples of how loss in movement complexity can be observed within hockey, running, and rowing.
In this episode we elaborate a little more on the topic of movement smoothness or complexity. We discuss very briefly how it is measured within studies, then give examples of how you see varying degrees of movement smoothness when watching low and high skill level athletes.
Complexity of movement is used interchangeably with movement smoothness:
High Complexity = Smooth movements
Low Complexity = Rigid or jerky movements
We recommend first reading this article below:
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Trying to explain movement smoothness can be difficult. It is more easily observed then it is articulated. "You know what it is when you see it". In this episode we introduce movement smoothness, differentiate movement efficiency versus movement smoothness, as well discuss how we came to this topic and why we find it interesting.
In this episode we discuss some of the limitations that arise when trying to apply the Psychobiological Model to the sport of CrossFit and Fitness. We also elaborate on how we believe the Power Duration Relationship and the Psychobiological Model, when used synergistically, can help explain an individual's performance and competitive behavior in the sport of fitness.
In this episode we discuss motivation and how it fits into the psychobiological model when interpreting athletic performance. We also discuss Brehm's distinctions between potential motivation and motivational intensity (link below), and provide real examples of how they are displayed in CrossFit. Motivation is obviously an important factor in any athletic endeavor and we hope this episode offers a different way to think about motivation.
In this episode we talk about some of the outside factors that affect your sense of effort when training or competing. We elaborate on how sleep, nutrition, and life stress can alter the outcome of a given task from a purely psychological perspective. We also discuss how you can decrease your sense of effort by controlling some of these outside factors.
In this episode we discuss the Psychobiological Model as explained by Sam Marcora. How does one's physiology interplay with their psychology, and how does this affect the outcome? The next few episodes we will explain the Psychobiological Model in depth and how we think of the model when designing training.
In this episode we take a look at variables and limitations when trying to use the Power-Duration theory to predict performance in CrossFit. If you haven't listened to the previous episodes on Power-Duration, you will want to go back before listening to this one. We also briefly hint at what our next episode will be about.
In this episode we continue our discussion on the power duration relationship focusing on the concept of duty cycle. Duty cycle refers to a work to rest ratio that can be used to mathematically predict failure/fatigue at a given task. We then explain why we think this concept can be used when discussing pacing in CrossFit.