CrossFit Orwell Fundamental Movements

These movements will be a staple feature in our programming – we call them CrossFit Orwell’s Fundamental Movements.

This series of short videos explains each of these exercises. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more videos!

1. The Air Squat

This is one of the most common movements you will see at the gym and is used regularly in every day life such as sitting down and standing up.
That’s why here at CrossFit Orwell we focus on building excellent technique with the basics before advancing to the next level.

2. The Shoulder Press

The shoulder press is the first in our overhead pressing movements. Mastering the correct technique of this exercise will allow you to progress on to the other pressing variations such as push press and push Jerk.

3. The Deadlift

The Deadlift is third in our video series. This exercise is great for strengthening muscles such as your back, core, glutes and hamstrings. It also has a great carry over to so many other movements.

4. The Front Squat

The Front squat is an important skill in our foundational movement series.
The barbell is positioned across the front of the shoulders AKA the front rack position.
This skill transfers over perfectly for the ‘Clean’ which is one of our main weightlifting exercises and also ‘thrusters’ which you will see in our CrossFit workouts.

5. The Push Press

The push press is the next step on from the strict press. This movement allows you to move more weight than a strict press, it uses a powerful leg and hip drive to get the bar from the shoulders to overhead.

6. The Sumo Deadlift

Our second deadlift variation, the sumo deadlift stance is wider than a traditional deadlift. This allows for a more upright torso position throughout the movement. The hands are placed with a narrow grip and the bar must stay close to the body throughout the movement.

7. The Push Jerk

The Push Jerk builds on the Shoulder Press and the Push Press. The push Jerk is regularly used in CrossFit workouts as it is a more efficient way of completing “Shoulder to overhead” movements when combined with other exercises.