CrossFit is hard. Let’s be honest, it’s really hard. No matter how long you’ve been doing it, there’s always ways to keep workouts challenging. Sometimes when we push our bodies to the limit, they have a way of slowing us down. Injuries happen in all different types of fitness pursuits. Long distance runners, weightlifters, and body builders all deal with the consequences pushing themselves too hard.
For almost 2 years now I’ve been dealing with a pretty severe wrist injury. A couple days after a powerlifting meet I decided it’d be a good idea to work up to a heavy squat clean. My mind was recovered, but my body was clearly not. I kept missing weights that I never miss. After a couple attempts, I’d end up making the lift and moving up, but something just didn’t feel right. I kept pushing. All of the sudden, mid-clean, it felt like my left arm exploded. At first I didn’t even know what happened. I expected to look down and see my arm bent in some horrible position. I didn’t get my elbows around the bar fast enough and my knee hit my elbow with 285 pounds in my hands. The weak link in that chain was my wrist. I dislocated a bunch of carpals, the little bones between your hand and your arm, that make your wrist glide. I can finally power clean without pain. I’m still working towards squat cleaning, but it’s been a blessing getting a favorite movement back. .
I could have quit. I don’t think anyone would have blamed me. I had zero wrist extension. It’s pretty hard to CrossFit without using your hands. I spent a month front squatting with my arms crossed and dragging a sled in the alley. It was 3 or 4 months before I could press, or even support a loaded barbell with just my hands.
The point is, there’s always something you can do to improve, or at least maintain, your current fitness level. If you’re dealing with a nagging injury, let us know, we can usually work around it, and help you overcome it.
As a reminder, we are open for one class at 8:00 A.M. on July 4th, and closed July 5th and 6th. Get some rest, sun, and have a great weekend with family and friends.
Part A: Find a heavy set in the following complex:
1 front squat + 1 split jerk
Part B: For time:
one handed kb swings (70/53, USSR)
300m run after each round
Posted by Tyler