How do I tell what my body is doing while it's doing it?
March 24, 2012 2:04 PM Subscribe
Ways to increase my kinesthetic awareness and proprioception?
posted by so_gracefully to health & fitness (10 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I've been CrossFitting for a year now, and it's pretty much the first time I've done anything that really demanded physical coordination and ability (didn't really play sports seriously as a kid, never took dance classes, etc.). Also grew up with very poor body image and a general disconnection from my body (and CrossFit has been great for helping me make progress with this particular aspect).
I'm now starting to train others, and can easily watch other people perform movements and identify what's going well or needs correction, but I'm really starting to hit a wall in my own training because I continue to have a difficult time telling what my own body is doing while it's doing it.
I am able to notice the big things, like if my back becomes disengaged, or the difference between engaging my posterior chain versus my quads, but there is some weird block I have sometimes that makes it really difficult to understand what I need to do differently to increase my power or where my form is going wrong. (Example: worked on kipping chest-to-bar pullups today, and continually just couldn't sense how to extend at the swing backwards to get that extra few inches of height in the kip. Coaches tried to help tell me what to do, but I just couldn't feel how to do it.)
So I'm looking for suggestions on how to become more aware and intuitive about my body, particularly in relation to this kind of movement. I have tried doing some movements in front of a mirror (we don't have them in the gym), and my coaches will often give me great verbal cues or mimic what I'm doing so that I can see and correct it that way. I also have been doing yoga once a week or so, to work on balance and flexibility. Those things seem to help a little.