As a CrossFitter, one of the most important things you can do to decrease your risk of injury is focus more on your recovery.
It doesn’t matter if you train once a week, four times a week or 14 times per week. Training is stressful on the body. If you’re not recovering from the stress you’re putting on your body, eventually, it’s going to start breaking down.
With Crossfit, many injuries are due to overuse or improper technique.
Having a strong and stable front rack position is vital if you want to perform well in CrossFit. So many exercises require that, well, your front rack doesn’t suck.
How do you know if your front rack position is lacking?
These are all signs that your front rack position needs some work. They show that either you lack the mobility to get into the right position, or the stability to be strong in that position.
Here’s what you need to do to fix it.
As a Physiotherapist that works with CrossFitters, I see a lot of people who suffer from shoulder pain. Some a periodic niggle, others muscle and tendon tears. This makes sense, almost 30% of CrossFit injuries are shoulder-related.
30% That’s a bit much, don’t ya think?
Whether you train crossfit, powerlifting or bodybuilding (or anything for that matter), you primarily train bilateral movements. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not!
Bilateral movements include almost all of the seven primal movements:
Have you ever been told you’re ‘quad dominant’? Ever wondered what that means? It typically refers to those who have well-developed quads, compared to other muscle groups or that they use their quads for everything.
My ‘life long goal’ was to deadlift 200kg. At the time I set the goal, it would have been a double bodyweight deadlift. The only issue was that I couldn't even get it off the floor, it literally wouldn't budge. 190kg? Sure, I pulled that several times when testing whether 200kg would evade me once again. It seemed as though nothing I did increased my ability to lift 200kg.