As a whole I think the competitive crossfit community is very intelligent. We seek out every opportunity to fine tune our technique. We realize how important things like mobility, technique and recovery are. We know how to foam roll, stretch and even understand complex biomechanical issues like butt wink and overextension of the spine. We value doctors, chiropractors and therapists who know how to get rid of our aches and pains. We’re a smart bunch. For the most part we know how to stay safe and become better at what we love.
However, in my opinion there is one huge missing piece of the puzzle most average crossfitters don’t fully take advantage of. There is one piece that is imperative for not only successfully progressing, but staying away from injury. It’s incredibly important for getting back to crossfit after an injury and staying pain free in the long run. It’s a huge piece that therapists don’t generally dive very far into either.
That would be programming
Most gyms have to cater to a large group of people. They’ll write programming to match the majority of the population that walks through the door of their box. They have 6-7 days per week of programming that is supposed to reflect the goals of their gym members. Meanwhile some people train 1-2 times per week and others train 5-7. You’ve got people with differing goals, differing injury backgrounds and different needs.
It’s an incredibly challenging process to program for everyone.
Keep in mind that you’re trying to cater towards individuals that wish to be competitive as well as a general population. We want to keep things fun and challenging and somewhere in the mix we really care to keep people safe. As a physical therapist my …read more