We’re going to toot our own horn LOUDLY here.
There are gyms…even CrossFit Gyms…out there where if you get hurt (inside or outside the gym…a la skateboarding over the weekend 😉…you know you do it!) and reach out to your trainer or coach, they’ll tell you to stay home to you feel up to training. YOUR DOCTOR will sometimes tell you that.
Since day one, simply having experienced people at the helm, we KNOW that if you are in a wrist cast, or a boot, or a knee immobilizer, for whatever reason, if we can train AROUND that and allow it to heal, you will get stronger everywhere. Luckily, having Coach Ed at the helm, we’ve embraced this and created a formal structure for training those with injuries so they can continue to reap the benefits of their training. Someone (one of our athletes) told us their healthcare provide told them “It’s OK to take a month off of CrossFit”. If you’re a CrossFitter…you know the rage that develops when someone tells you you “can’t” or “shouldn’t” play your sport!
The alternative? It’s NOT GOOD.
Even two weeks of detraining can lead to a significant decline in cardio fitness, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Not exercising for two to eight months leads to loss of virtually all fitness gains. In general, the loss of aerobic capacity occurs more rapidly than declines in muscle strength
~The Exercise Detraining Effect, Berkley Wellness
- muscle atrophy occurs within 2 weeks of ceased training.
- endurance decreases by 4-25%…
- V02 max decreases by 6-20% …
- and flexibility decreases by 7-30% …
Continuing to train AROUND an injury is imperative in maintaining your overall fitness, and for many of us, our sanity!
We have done this since opening 10 years ago…and we formalized our “Alternate Programming” effort over 5 years ago into a structured program reviewed by Coach Ed so that we’re not only working around but rehabbing where appropriate.
CrossFit HQ just put out a great read on exactly why this happens. As an athlete, it’s good to know it!
It’s called the GARD Principle: general adaptations to related demands. “Physical adaptations to exercise are not compartmentalized. Everything is connected. Improve at one thing and the resulting adaptations will improve everything related as well.”
If you like to geek out on science, this is a good read!
If not, if you’re just a lover of CrossFit and a weekend warrior on the skateboard, rollerblades, kayak, pogo stick, half pipe, unicycle (yes, a unicycle)…things happen. When things happen, you can still train…at the right gym!