Monthly Archives: September 2013

What Grinds my gears, episode 1: “mobility”


This is Coach Ivan Rojas.  One thing that really grinds my gears is hearing athletes with weak cores incorrectly complain about their mobility.   Let me tell you, almost every seminar we at Risto Sports hosts, there are at least 3 CrossFitters who complain that they can’t do a snatch because they have bad mobility.  They tell me that their trainer told them they were also inflexible.

98% of the time this is WRONG.

If you have a WEAK core and are snatching in sneakers or barefoot– goodluck trying to catch the bar overhead.  Many times these athletes are sufficiently flexible and have joints that are well put together– BUT, they have incredibly weak cores.  In CrossFit, their is an aesthetic importance of having a sixpack, yet this doesn’t guarantee that the sixpack owner has sufficient abdominal strength relative to their other muscle groups.

So, repeat, if your core is weak, yes, you are going to collapse under a snatch.  Yes, its going to be really hard to do a proper overhead squat.  AND, if  you’re not lifting in weightlifting shoes, then your snatch is doomed because snatching isn’t a natural movement.

The next time an athlete struggles to do a decent snatch, before blaming it on their mobility, ask yourself the following, ” Do they have a strong core- back and abs?” , “Are they wearing weightlifting shoes to help hit these unnatural positions?”







Legendary of bodybuilders and Risto sports at AFX

Risto Sports has worked with the best athletes and minds of the weightlifting world, including Olympic medalists and coaches of multiple Olympic Gold medalists.

In the same tradition, we are proud to announce that Mike O’Hearn – 4 time Mr. Natural Universe, actor, guinness world record holder, multi-sport champion, gladiator, and Fitness Model –  will represent the Risto Sports brand at the 2013 AFX, October 26th in Anchorage , Alaska.  You may also know Mike from the over 500 magazine covers he has been on, and he is often compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger for his amazing fitness modeling career. Mike will also be guest posing at the AFX and will be giving a seminar on powerbodybuilding, including how to incorporate Olympic lifts into bodybuilding.

Mike O'Hearn to represent Risto Sports at 2013 AFX

In Addition to Mike, bodybuilding superstars Goerge Farah, Kai Greene, and Shaw Ray will be at the Risto Sports booth during the expo.  Our booth will be located by the Olympic Weightlifting competition, which takes place during the day time.   Later in the evening, Kai Greene will also be guest posing. Bodybuilders2013AFXRisto

For more information on the AFX and how to register for the AFX, go to  For more information on Mike, got to and find him on twitter!



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