I have an injury – Should I stop training?
Let me start of this piece by saying that if you have an injury, you need to tell the Coaches so that we can work around it and support your recovery. You should also seek professional help (physio, chiro, osteo etc) to aid your recovery.
Keeping an injury or illness to yourself and continuing to train is not going to end well. Chances are you will make it worse or you will compensate your movements by using other body parts which will create imbalances and other issues in your body. So please, please, please let the Coach on duty know if you are injured.
That being said, in most cases, an injury does not spell the end of your ability to train. Whether you injure yourself in sport, at work, through stupidity, by accident or by actually training, you can still come into GEO and train. Sometimes an injury serves a positive purpose by telling us we are pushing too hard and that we need to dial things back a bit. It can also highlight weaknesses physiologically or in our movement patterns that we were not aware of and give us signals that we need to change things.
Whilst no-one likes to get injured, an injury can force us to change our focus and work on other areas of our fitness or fix weaknesses.
I remember attending a goal setting course years ago and hearing the story of a guy who broke his legs. He could not do anything that required him to stand and bear weight through his legs. So what did he do? He acknowledged that he really sucked at pull-ups and committed to becoming a machine at pull-ups to the point where he could knock out 50 reps, no problems. It took time and effort and discipline and commitment, but he did not let his injury turn him into a couch potato.
Check out the video below and tell me if the people featured in it let their injuries/disabilities stop them from training. Hell no!
If you have a knee injury that prevents you from squatting, then guess what? – you can bench press, arm curl, pull-up, sit-up, bike, row, HSPU, dip, climb ropes, use the other leg only, bear crawl, strict press, bentover row, v-up, chest to bar, muscle up, and the list goes on.
If you have a shoulder injury, then you can use the other shoulder to do unilateral work with dumbbells, you can squat, deadlift, one-arm push-ups, one-arm dead hangs, do core work, bike, run, jump, pistol, dumbbell snatches, dumbbell clean and jerks, burpee, and the list goes on. If you have a hand/wrist injury, modify as above too.
Basically what I am getting at is that you guys work bloody hard to build your fitness and learn new skills. Don’t let a small set back of 1,2 or 3 months to recover from an injury hold you back from training the rest of your body (and mind). I can assure you that the Coaching team at GEO are more than happy to (a) modify the programmed workout so that you can participate with the class, or (b) give you something totally different to do that allows you to continue to train and develop.
One of the most inspiring things I have have witnessed over the years of coaching/training is having Tris Winsley start with us at GEO with a serious shoulder injury. But did he let that stop him? No. He registered for the CrossFit Games Open (you know, that little comp that starts in a couple of days) and performed single arm dumbbell thrusters when barbell thrusters were programmed, and he did single arm rowing, and I don’t mean dumbbells, I mean on the rower. He did all of the distances on it that everyone else did. He did not let his ego stop him from training because of a fear that he would not do as well as everyone else, nor did he let the injury be an excuse to stop training.
One of the principles underpinning all the movements that we perform at GEO, and that I program for, is surprisingly, not the making of elite athletes, but enabling every day people like you and me, to move in a way that supports your ability to live life to the full. If your training is hindering life, ie, you are getting injured a lot, or, you have an injury and training is preventing recovery, then it might be time to revisit how you are training and moving. Talk to one of the Coaches today.
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
A. 2 sets not for time of:
20 Double Overhead KB Lunges
***the goal here is to go as heavy as you can for unbroken reps
B. 3 sets of:
10 Weighted Glute Bridges
3 rounds for time of:
2 Rope Climbs (Adv – 1st one is legless)
20 HR Push-ups
200m Farmers Carry 24/16kg