These three words I want every single one of you guys to ingrain into your heads. Got it? Good.
CrossFit is an amazing strength and conditioning program, WHEN DONE THE RIGHT WAY.
Mechanics refers to technique and ones ability to move properly through fundamental movements (squat, press, deadlift, clean, snatch, etc.) This is our number one priority before moving onto any of the other two steps. In our case as CrossFiters we are trying to move ourselves and other objects as efficiently and effectively and safest way possible. Without a solid base or foundation we cannot expect good consistency in movement.
Take the Snatch for example, extremely complex movement. It demands lots of mechanics and understanding of proper movement. But this all starts with the Overhead squat. You cannot expect to Snatch 135# if you cant simply Overhead squat 125#. Some can argue actually yes I can and rip the bar off the ground, but not the goal here. Go back to the books get efficient with the Overhead mechanics then move on to step 2.
Now that you have worked on mechanics and understand what that means a little better we can move forward. Consistency, two different things here. You have to be consistent with the proper mechanics of the movements and consistent with performing them during workouts.
Moving well and correctly under a lighter load than you’re used to might be a good thing. Choosing competitor workouts over athletes isn’t always what will get you to your goals quicklier. Choosing a lighter weight for more consistent reps with proper mechanics is one hundred times better than moving a heavy load with bad mechanics. It is the proper CONSISTENT mechanics that will create the proper neurological patterns under light loads which therefore transfers to heavier loads(STRENGTH!)
The last one and what got all of us addicted to the cool aid. Intensity, this one is different for every single one of us. We all have abilities that are unique. But without proper mechanics or consistent movement DO NOT expect intensity the correct way.
Take a look at Mat Fraser for example. Every single movement he does is pretty damn perfect and efficient. His mechanics are spot on. And Consistency is pretty obvious seeing that he has won 3 back to back CrossFit Games titles. But it is because he is so good at mechanics and consistency during his training that allow him to perform at the highest intensity possible every single time.
Now take all three of these concepts and execute them one by one. Proper mechanics and consistent movement will allow you to lift more weight, and perform MORE reps faster. Thus making you BETTER and STRONGER.
More work in less time means higher average power (force x distance / time = power). Higher average power means higher intensity. Higher intensity means better RESULTS