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.