CrossFit While Injured

Some may wonder, is it possible to CrossFit while injured? From my personal experience this summer I can tell you, yes.

Earlier this summer my level of CrossFit quickly went from very high and often back to the beginning with the basics due to a back injury. I was unable to pinpoint a specific time that the injury occurred and my doctors explained that I had herniated disc that could have happened at any point in my life. At the time, I was very disappointed that I would not be touching a heavy barbell or practicing skilled movements that I had grown to love over my years at Strong. I had to take a big step back and look at the big picture, I was trying to be fit for life, not just for the now, and needed to heal myself properly so that I can enjoy a long active life.

Once cleared by my doctors to begin working out again, I started with class WODs modifying the movements to where I was with my recovery. The class might be doing barbell thrusters and I would do thrusters with a wallball squatting to a target to ensure perfect form was maintained.

Outside of the gym, I expanded my activities and began swimming a couple times a week intermixed with a couple WODs a week.

Are you thinking, “swimming, that’s not CrossFit?” That’s not right, remember, CrossFit is not only the movements we do in the box during a class WOD, CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.

Every week now I am able to do more. I add in more movements and in an odd way I am thankful for this happening because it taught me not to take what my body was capable of for granted. The strength CrossFit has given me is something I want forever. My favorite thing about CrossFit is that in the real world, I can confidently pick up the 50# bag of dog food at the grocery store and not feel like I need help, I hope I can do that forever.

If you are injured or something hurts, tell a coach, talk with us to see how we can help keep you moving and healthy from now and for many years to come.


MikeB MikeB's picture
Mon, 08/29/2016 - 19:38


It's great to see you working out and progressing with your rehab. I am confident you will be back to 100% very soon!

GenaroJ GenaroJ's picture
Wed, 08/31/2016 - 19:29


I am sure it was hard to step away from the movements that you enjoyed.

A few years ago I had to take a break from Crossfit due to severe shoulder pain.  I went through physical therapy where I learned the importance of keeping my shoulders back and not hunching.  It was amazing to see how the simple movements I learned in physical therapy could be so hard to do.  Today I roll my shoulder regularly and avoid sleeping on my side at night. Since the physical therapy I have not experienced the severe shoulder pain.