April 24, 2012

Never quit...

I told myself when I started Crossfit that I would listen to my body and take breaks when needed. Something happened however over the course of the last year and I lost sight of that. Crossfit gets labeled a "cult" from time to time and one of the many reason is because the people who do it (like myself) seem to continue on in spite of pain and aggravation. I personally believe that it is because we get addicted to progress. If your programming is good and you even follow a moderately good diet you will seen gains. They start small at first and then snowball into RX'd WOD's and PR's on almost a weekly basis. It becomes like a drug that you have to get more of over and over. Eventually, however, you must take a break and reevaluate. That is where I am now. I am still showing progress but at the peril of some pretty consistent pain. Today was day one of a two day hiatus with plans to ease myself back in later in the week. I also am going to have to look at adding post-wod stretches & ice into my routine and maybe even moving my rest days around some. Those are relatively moderate changes to start. I also think I need to scale back some weight here and there on specific moves until I either get stronger or figure out the exact source of the pain. I can tell you what I am not doing however......quitting. Viewing Crossfit as the problem is no different than labeling it a cult. It is neither. Just like life, you will get out of it what you put in. No more, no less. If a part of it is giving you problems, then you work on that part until you fix it. Now if you will excuse me, I am going to get my ice pack and go to bed....

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