CrossFit 906 Training: Learning my limits

Last time out, I recorded my baseline workout as a benchmark to build off of. Now I have 21 sessions to learn the proper mechanics and cut down on my workout time while simultaneously adding to the weight I’m working with.

“We’re going to do both. You want to be able to increase your weight and increase your speed as well. We want to be able to get you to go faster with your reps,” noted Angela Kiviniemi, a CrossFit Level One Certified Trainer.

But before I can go full bore, Angela demonstrates the correct form and inspects my technique for any flaws that could limit my performance or lead to injury, a hallmark of the CrossFit 906 philosophy.

“I’m trying to make sure that, most importantly, you’re not going to injure yourself and that you’re getting better at what you’re doing. When I started at CrossFit 906 over two years ago, there were a lot of things that I couldn’t do. I worked hard with Shay to be able to do things that I can do now that took me a long time to do,” Kiviniemi added.

This week’s timed workout calls for alternating between deadlifts and handstand push-ups with three sets comprised of 21, 15, and 9 reps. I was able to get up for my handstand push-up, but my form still needs work. Mainly, I need to build stronger triceps and deltoids so I don’t strain the wrong muscles and develop bad habits. Instead, Angela allows me to work the same muscle group by substituting a shoulder press; another feature CrossFit 906 champions.

“We can scale and modify any workout. One of the great things about CrossFit 906 that I like is that I can do a workout with eight different athletes. I can do the workout at my level, they’re going to be able to do the workout at their level, We can all do the same workout, but we can modify it and scale it,” explained Kiviniemi.

Seven minutes and forty-four seconds later, I’m done. A short amount of time for a workout, but you can feel the efficiency.