Casualties of an Active Lifestyle

Friday August 9th

Foam Roll Legs, 3 minutes each
Shoulder Prep Lat Activitations
5 Skin the Cats

5 rounds for Quality or
20 minutes of:
Max Effort Handstand Pushups, kipping allowed
8 Seated Shoulder Press, Heavy as possible
8 Good Mornings, Heavier than last time

4 Rounds
6 Box Jumps 36/28”
12 Chest to Bar Pullups
24 Overhead Squats 65/45#

-16 minute time cap-

Cool Down:
Row 300 meters
3 position Wall extensions, 30 seconds each
German Hang, accumulate 30 seconds

Jeremy still going strong!

While watching the Olympics, how many stories have you heard about athletes that have been injured and come back to win a medal.  Torn achilles, knees, hamstrings.  A broken foot, reconstructive surgery, screws, pins and stitches.  You hear it over and over again.  Injury is part of training and life.  Having an understaning and acceptance of these moments is an important part of the way that we look at our health, fitness and training.  I call them “Casualties of an Active Lifestyle.”

If we want to live an active lifestyle, shit is going to happen.  We may tweak our elbow doing too many pullups or rock climbing.  We might roll an ankle playing basketball or jumping over a box.  We could break a toe by dropping a kettlebell on our foot or by stubbing our toe in the sand playing volleyball.  When these things happen, it is annoying, but not the end of your training and lifestyle.  Yes, you may have to lower the intensity of your workouts or substitute different movements, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t workout at all!

Injuries come in many shapes and sizes.  The general idea and recommendation is this: through exercise we increase blood flow and the release of hormones and endorphins that will help speed our recovery.  The reason that I write this post today, is due to a few articles I have read recently.  The first is based upon that controversial “Don’t Ice” video, to which I have received many questions for what you should do if you don’t ice an injury.  Read the post here for more answers.  The second is based on the concept of “Strong People are harder to Kill,” and the story of Miranda Oldroyd’s article about CrossFit saving her life.   Both remind me that there is no getting around the hard work.  That life will throw us a few curve balls and we have to be prepared both mentally and physically.

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