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The Importance of Functional Training and The Deadlift

Functional movements are at the core of CrossFit training.

We train movement patterns and build strength in a way that translates into movements we do in our day to day life.

In these photos, a Renaissance Youth athlete, and a CrossFit member perform versions of the Deadlift.

The importance of the deadlift outside of the gym:

Picking the grocery bag up off the floor?
Lifting the couch to vacuum?
Pick your toddler up?
Helping a friend move?

Each of these basic activities requires the hinging motion of the deadlift.

Developing a safe and sound movement pattern is extremely important. It’s essential to independent living.

We approach this lift like we do everything else – based on what is appropriate for the individual. Our youngest lifters learn the form on their 2nd day. We provide a range of variations and weights in our group classes. And even our senior clients execute the deadlift in a way that is right for them.

“The deadlift, being no more than the safe and sound approach by which any object should be lifted from the ground, keeps company with standing, running, jumping, and throwing for functionality but imparts quick and prominent athletic advantage like no other exercise. It is unrivaled in its simplicity and impact while unique in its capacity for increasing head-to-toe strength.” – CrossFit

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