Injuries, tweaks, twinges and discomforts can be maddening, I know, I have been there. There is a risk involded to becoming ultra fit, there is risk with every possible reward. However, we can overcome the hazards with commons sense, education. and intelligence while realizing the real risk is doing nothing at all.
The following is from: Joel Lyman
I hate my left knee. I hate the way that it locks when I am at the bottom of a squat. I hate the way that it shoots pain sharply when I go down a flight of stairs. I hate the way that it feels like it’s going to burst when I get to the bottom of a jumping pull-up.
None of these, by the way, are valid reasons to stop being awesome.
I used to think that injuries were a nice excuse to stop WODding for a couple of days. I now understand that I have to do what I can, and spend the rest of the time fixing whatever is wrong.
My knees have been an everlasting issue since I started crossfitting. Remember that weighted vest I carry around? Turns out that it doesn’t exactly do wonders for making you healthy-shocking. Anyways, there are some days that are pain free, and others where I wish I could just not move for time.
Lately, it has gotten worse. My form has been off, and until about 2 weeks ago, I really wasn’t doing myself any dietary favors. So here I am at my crossroads again- give up or push on.
I think you know where this is going.
There may be days where my WOD may be very different than everyone else’s. But that’s fine- it’s CrossFit, and CrossFit is the most challenging thing that we are physically capable of RIGHT NOW.
One cfer that I greatly admire told me when I started (and I was joking about how much easier my wod was) that it’s not about what you do- it’s meeting the most challenge that you are capable of. If I was working my hardest to do even half the work of a firebreather, we were both going to get the same payoff from the workout.
You could fold whenever something hurts a little. Then you could sit on the couch fearing that little tweak, twinge or pull until much more worrisome symptoms occur naturally. Or, you could do a little extra maintenance to strengthen the weak, while focusing on the things you can do RIGHT NOW.
Clean and Jerk
*Recover (90) seconds between efforts.
**Touch and go reps are not necessary. Drop an reset.
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