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Coordination – Week 7

Coordination – Week 7

A shining example of coordination

Warm-Up: 500m Row, 20 Leg Swings

CrossFit Total:

1RM Squat

1RM Press

1RM Deadlift

(3 Attempts post warm-up. Once you open up with an attempt, you may not drop below that weight if you fail.)

Finisher: 50 Sit-ups for time


Definition – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.

-Ahhh, yes. Coordination is a doozy of a skill. While we all don’t look like a freshly-birthed baby deer learning to walk in our everyday life, coordination (or lack thereof) is destined to make us look like a fool from time to time. Why do we lack coordination from task to task, how does this foe place its hand in our business from time to time? Whether the task is pouring a glass of water, drawing a picture, or snatching bodyweight all of these things depend on a degree of coordination.

-Practice makes perfect…or as the saying goes. It may not make perfect, but I think this is really the only way we can improve this skill. How do we practice? Breaking it down, understanding it, and practicing it in the most efficient way we can find. But there’s another problem, coordination in one task is not inclusive to every other task.

Great example: See me at Tataru’s Gymnastic Warehouse last Friday night on the Pommel Horse/Tumbling Floor/Uneven Bars/Everything else but rings

-In other words, the more I practice in different realms of physical tasks the more coordination I will develop. Take a bite of humble pie, and go do something you haven’t done before. It’s great to see an elite athlete doing something they’ve never done before. I loooove teaching my friends to rock climb, it’s usually hilarious (as I looked the same when I first started). Shooting guns, painting a house, and spot welding all develop better coordination in different domains that will lend itself to other tasks as well. So I will pose to you some food for thought: Who is the most coordinated professional athlete? Post to comments.

-Coach CBo

By | 2017-04-25T14:39:28+00:00 October 20th, 2010|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|12 Comments


  1. Jeff October 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Probably Sidney Crosby or whoever the best hockey player is. The combination of skating, puck-handling, and shooting inside of all that traffic has to require ridiculous levels of coordination.

  2. T-Pain October 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I think it depends on what type of coordination you’re talking about. As far as control of their own body, it’s hard to argue against elite gymnasts. If it’s pure hand-eye coordination, top MLB hitters probably have the edge, since hitting an object the size of a baseball with a regulation-sized bat is virtually mathematically impossible. If it’s a combination of both body coordination and hand-eye, I think there’s a very strong argument for hockey players, but I would probably go with elite rock climbers, who have to have the body control and strength of gymnasts but operate on unknown terrain and have to “read” where they’re going and figure out how to get there.

  3. T-Pain October 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Elite rugby players also have crazy body and hand-eye coordination

  4. Brandon October 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Probably swimme….

    Errr, Tennis Players?

  5. Rise Up October 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    It’s all about genetics, sure you can practice and get better at something but some people just have a lot more coordination than others. Tay, you are correct, ruggers have tons of coordination. =o) Tomorrow night is FNR (Friday Night Rugby) under the lights. Come watch the Possums vs River Valley at Schumpert Park, 6400 Fountain City Road, kickoff at 7:00pm. Hope to see ya there. Holla!

  6. Coach CBo October 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I was gonna say Ninjas. Running, Jumping, Throwing, Sneaking, Slicing, Dicing, Killing, Kicking, Punching, Fighting, Hiding, and Prancing.

  7. Rise Up October 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Good one CBo, I forgot all about Ninjas. Did you know you can actually measure the amount of coordination a person has by their midi-chlorian level. People with extreme coordination have midi-chlorian levels that exceed 20K and are considered Jedi Masters or Sith Lords. So, Jedi and Sith are the most coordinated. Just sayin.
    More info here

  8. Brandon October 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Look at James bringin the Star Wars references back! Dougiewalker will be so happy when he sees this!

  9. crossfitktown October 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Elite level rock climbers may have the upper body and most of the core strength of elite gymnasts, but their lower bodies are not even close. Most coordinated athlete = Phillipe Petit. Look him up :-)
    -Miss J

  10. Rise Up October 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm
  11. Dougie Fresh October 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    First of all, the Starwars references have to stop. This isn’t Tatoonie.

    Second, best athlete alive =

    Last, would anybody like to accompany me on the 10 mile hike back from Millie’s Ridge as the 5th and final resupply stop for the boys on Sunday? Blake and TayTay are leaving me to pace with the real men, and I need a partner back in the possibly-dark woods. Don’t worry, it’ll be fun … mostly.

  12. The shag October 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Parkour, clearly the ninjas of the 21st century

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