Two years of dedication to a CrossFit fitness regime, and somehow my body is still performing without strains, tears, accidents, OR surgeries.
How is that possible?
If you’ve heard of CrossFit’s fitness model, you’ve also heard the press on injuries related to our training. It’s argued that what we do is too heavy, too fast, has too many repetitions, and is certainly too technical for the “Average Joe” to safely perform. I’d like to share with you what this “Average Judy” has done to stay out of the pool of CrossFit injuries… and it’s incredibly simple. I’d wager many CrossFit enthusiasts already do these things but aren’t receiving the accolades they deserve for representing our injury-free masses.
This advice has allowed me to stay injury-free and continue seeing regular gains.
5 Tips for Avoiding CrossFit Injury
Begin CrossFit in a comprehensive fundamentals program.
In the Continental United States alone, there are no less than 5,915 CrossFit “boxes,” or gyms. It’s critical to find one that not only offers a fundamentals course but also provides you with experienced coaching. All the basic movements need to be covered, and the athlete must be required to show safety in each before graduating to the regular classes. There will always be exceptions — athletes with backgrounds in Olympic lifting, power lifting, kettlebell technique, and gymnastics, to name just a few. Even with these skilled athletes, odds are good they’ve never performed all the movements in one workout. Learning to combine these activities in a fast-paced environment while trying to remember correct form AND count your reps requires practice. There’s no better place to start than at the beginning. My personal favorite beginner’s CrossFit course? Shout out to CrossFit 702 in Las Vegas, NV. You do it right.