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How to: Learn from Internet Videos

A significant barrier to improved health and fitness has always been simply knowing what to do and how to do it.  Gyms and coaches have often been intimidating and may be prohibitively expensive.  Our gym is founded on the principle that everyone has the right to feel welcome, to receive expert assistance with their movement, and excellent programming.  The small group class model allows us to achieve these goals at much lower prices than personal training.  It is still more expensive than large-group classes, but the value of the coaching we provide makes us a relative bargain in comparison.

Related: Why Personal Training

While there may never be a substitute for in-person feedback from a knowledgeable coach, because of cost, time, or other factors, you may want to overcome the learning barrier on your own.  In that case, internet videos do a pretty good job transmitting the basics.  We have a youtube page full of videos to do just that. 

Here are some tips to get the most out of our (or anyone else’s) internet instructional videos:

  1. Keep in mind that videos are generic.  They are not specifically tailored to your personal mobility limitations, limb length ratios, experience, etc.  If it doesn’t feel right, there is a good chance it isn’t right for you.  Don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the video or send an email!  Be as specific as you can about how you are moving, what feels wrong, and when you feel it. We’ll get back to you!
  2. Remember that there are as many ways to describe how to do a movement as there are people trying to do that movement.  If a particular coach’s video doesn’t make sense to you, or doesn’t feel right, first check if that coach has any “foundations”-type videos.  It may be that you need to work on a preliminary step for a particular video to make sense.  The bracing sequence is the foundation of all of our coaching because it simplifies things so much.  Once you understand that, the rest will make a lot more sense.
  3. If that doesn’t work, and you feel a lot of strain or just can’t get into a particular position, check your mobility – if you cannot get into a position, it doesn’t matter what the instruction is.  We have videos on improving your mobility, also.
  4. If you can get into the positions without resistance, but the instruction doesn’t make sense, try a different coach’s video on the same movement.  Different people need to hear or see different things for the movement to “click”.  
  5. Repeat step 4 several times until you find one that works for you.  If that doesn’t work, it’s probably time to invest in a personal training session with a coach you are comfortable with to figure out what the issue is and find a way to work around it.

Related: The Slipstream Difference: Listening

I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any questions at john@crossfitslipstream.com!

John Bryant

Founder & Head Trainer