I found Crossfit before Simplefit. Simplefit was found via Crossfit. Luckily because of this, I had looked at all the material on form (I don't think there is a page I haven't visited on Crossfit.com. I swear I'm not obsessed. :wink:) before starting Simplefit.
As much as I hated doing things the way Crossfit said was "proper" I tried to adhere to those protocols when I started Simplefit. In fact, I remember going back to Crossfit.com to look at all the form videos/info the first day I started Simplefit. It definitely was hard to execute proper form at first. Years of improper form meant those first workouts were ego crushing, but I'm getting better at it.
My point being, just in the 4 weeks of doing the workouts I have seen how proper form makes a huge difference in me being fit or not being fit. It does seem to me that I have corrected imbalances with my strength because of the strive for full range of motion/proper form. It's an ongoing struggle to continue to correct form though. I still have trouble going all the way down to the floor with my chest first on push-ups as an example. Proper form also goes out the window for me sometimes on workouts in the last 1/3 of the activity. I know for me this is an issue of my strength, stamina/endurance going down the drain during the last part of a rigorous effort.
This next part needs a disclaimer:
: I am somewhat familiar with the whole Crossfit, Mark Twight/Gym Jones situation (I however, will not pass judgement either way) but I read and reread GymJones.com along with Crossfit.com quite a bit. I find the site a good motivational tool (i.e. Some of the videos.).
This link has some good points on form in my mind. http://www.gymjones.com/knowledge.php?id=20
Oh, and Bri3626 I don't think you can call it cheating
if you didn't know. :lol: Funny thing is, there is a discussion going on about this at Crossfit right now. http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=22697
At the bottom there was an interesting thread (maybe only to me) in the "Similar Threads" section from two years ago about proper form and full range of motion.
Glad you found the information on Crossfit and I hope I didn't bore you or anyone else with my post. :D