I've written about this before, but it bears repeating, so 'listen' up!
Injuries are an intrinsic part of sport. Whether through a poor decision of the athlete or a freak, unpreventable occurrence, most athletes will have some sort of injury at some point in their athletic careers. While we hope that these injuries are relatively minor in scale and scope, there will be times that an athlete has to work through a "devastating" injury. The hardest part of these injuries are all the people telling you that you'll never be the same or you'll never be able to do this or that ever again. The voice of doubt begins to worm its way into your skull, and all of a sudden, you're not sure if you want to put in the hundreds or even thousands of hours of work to try to get back to where you were, only to fail. Crush that voice early and often! Tell naysayers that if they are going to say "nay!" rather than focusing on the positive, you'd rather not talk to them at all. Realize that being dealt a specialist's hand is an opportunity to work on some things you may not have worked on as diligently before your injury. Most of all never ever ever give up.
Greg "The Beast" Gurenlian (professional lacrosse player) chronicles his recent recovery from a devastating knee injury. The best advice comes at 4:25...
A: 3RM Push Press
B: Max Pull-Ups
C: "Karen" - 150 Wallballs for time (10 minute cut-off)
Posted by Zareh.
One of our members (thanks George!) found an article in an airline magazine about a writer who tried CrossFit out for a month and then quit. While I thought the piece was moderately entertaining, I wanted to bring it to your attention, because I wanted to address the reasons why the author ultimately quit CrossFit.
He stated that he after four weeks he had learned how to eat better, his clothes fit better, and he was starting to see his abs. On the other hand, he weighed that against "constant soreness, the time I almost tossed my cookies on 42nd Street during a WOD, and the time I almost fainted on the subway after class." After professing his love for morning doughnuts and using that as the 'tiebreaker', the author apparently decides to quit CrossFitting.
Allow me to address each of his "cons":
1. You're going to be sore for the first few weeks of CrossFit journey, especially if you haven't been physically active otherwise. You can mitigate soreness by rolling out regularly with foam rollers and lacrosse balls, drinking lots of water, and making sure you eat your post workout meal within an hour after working out.
2. CrossFit isn't boot camp. There are no drill instructors forcing you to go beyond your capabilities. You are in complete control of your intensity level, and your motivation is the clock. As we've told you, there is quite a bit of personal responsibility involved when it comes to your intensity level.
3. Subways in New York can get well over 100 degrees in the summer. Combine that with serious exertion and dehydration and you can get "almost fainted".
The bottom line is that many of the reasons the author decided to quit were due to his own actions or inactions... here at CrossFit 818, if you ever feel like something isn't right, ask us! We'll let you know if it's something we did, something you did, or something that's completely normal. Trust me, we know YOU won't quit because you got a little queasy.
AMRAP 20 minutes of:
10 Thrusters (65/45)
Posted by Zareh.