crossfit physiotherapy

Strong is the new Strong

Strong is the new Strong

The word ‘strong’ has two meanings when entered into Google, which is obviously a great way to start an intelligent piece of writing.

  1. having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks.

  2. able to withstand force, pressure, or wear.

Related synonyms include not only words that imply physical toughness; but those that evoke a broader, all encompassing strength; like security, resilience and fortitude. To me, true strength is something that’s inside, something that isn’t necessarily manifested by anything physical. It’s not what you can lift or how big your quads are, it’s the amount of space you take up in the universe, and how strong your convictions and sense of self are. It’s also a little bit about withstanding the ‘force, pressure and wear’ of other people’s bullshit.

Law, Order & Pressing a Case for Kettlebell Strength

Law, Order & Pressing a Case for Kettlebell Strength

Most people know what the rotator cuff is, and most know that with the majority of shoulder injuries there should be an element for rotator cuff strengthening in their rehab program.  The majority of clients are pretty savvy too, and they know they should add some release work around their shoulder and work on some thoracic mobility, which is great! Some clients come to us and they reel off all the exercises they are doing for their rehab and what they are doing actually sounds pretty good. So the question is, why aren’t they getting better? Most of the time it's because the quality or intensity of their rehab isn’t up to scratch. This brings me back to my last blog on about quality being the key factor that can make or break your rehab. (Link to Last Blog)

Is CrossFit the Sport of Fitness?

Is CrossFit the Sport of Fitness?

Is CrossFit the Sport of Fitness? It uses high intensity workouts combined with Olympic lifting moves, strength training and gymnastics to build strength, speed, power and endurance. So does it work? Sure you may be getting stronger, and you may have cut your Fran time in half, but are you truly improving your aerobic capacity?

There are a lot of articles out there both promoting and condemning the extent of energy system crossover from training with a CrossFit style program.

So to put this uncertainty to rest, a couple of the guys from Evolutio Sports Physio  are setting out to test the extent of movement and energy system transfer by entering into a 45-kilometer run through the Victorian Alpine Region.

3 Ways to Strengthen & Warm Up your Shoulder for CrossFit Workouts

In a world where we demand so much of our Shoulder complex, comes the need for improved stability of the glenohumeral joint, shoulder blade and thoracic region.

These three exercises are a great way to warm up for your WOD or add them at the end of your class to improve your overall shoulder stability and function.

These three exercises will help your shoulder sit back in its socket, improve the activation, strength and endurance of your rhomboids, serratus anterior, lower trapezius and lats.


1. Banded Pull Aparts

band pull aparts

Retract Shoulder Blades, activate rhomboids, core abdominals and keep ribs down

Draw arms apart whilst maintaining shoulder and shoulder blade position

Return to starting position


2. Banded Press Outs

Retract Shoulder Blades, activate rhomboids, core abdominals and keep ribs down

Press arms out in front of the body and let the shoulder blade move up and around with the shoulder

Return to starting position


3. Kettlebell Windmill

Start with kettlebell extended overhead and eyes on the kettlebell, ribs down and core

abdominals activated

Draw arms apart whilst maintaining shoulder and shoulder blade position

Return to starting position


Alex Drew is the director of Evolutio. A business in Australia which aims to bridge the gap between CrossFitters and Health Professionals. He is a Physiotherapist, CrossFit Level 1 and Powerlifting Trainer