CrossFit involves moving large loads, long distances, quickly. And unless you’re walking on your hands or doing handstand push ups, the majority of exercises will require a strong and stable foundation.
Given the intensity of the workouts, your feet play an integral role and need to be able to support the load placed on the lower body.
If you want a strong base for improved performance, here are our top three foot strengthening exercises…
Standing with your feet hip width apart, scrunch and pull your toes towards your heels and hold for 5 seconds. Release and relax your foot. Repeat this movement for 3 sets and switch to the next foot.The Caterpillar will help build strong arches which will help stabilize your lower body as you come into a deep squat.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, hip width apart and approximately two feet from your butt. Lift your toes so only your heels are on the floor and your feet are flexed. From heel to toe, slowly roll your feet to the ground and lift your heels until only your pointed toes are on the ground. That’s one rep. Repeat 10 times. Windshield Wipers will improve ankle stability and strengthen your entire foot, which will make your body ready for movements such as the Pistol Squat.
Put your Toe Spacers on and sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Bend your left knee 90 degrees and place the outside of your left calf on top of your right thigh. Take your hand and clasp the ball of the foot letting the foot totally relax. Make large circles with your feet. Do six in one direction and six in the other direction, then switch feet. The Roundknot stretches your foot ligaments and aids in alignment. The ligaments and tendons act as shock absorbers. So this is beneficial in helping take the impact the next time you take a big jump onto that box.
Regularly putting on The Toe Spacers will build a strong foundation and help reduce risk of injury. Stretching your toes will help strengthen your feet, improve balance, improve posture, and help relieve foot pressure. Try out our products today and see how your performance will improve!
CF Games Athlete Royce Dunne talks about how he uses Toe Spacers