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July 19, 2011


July 19, 2011

Pain in Your Ass

This is a great post about taking care of your body/mobility from CrossFit Southbay

About 6 months ago the reverse lights on my car stopped working. It wasn’t that big of a deal because I figured that I could just get new reverse lights. It couldn’t possibly be a huge pain in the ass to fix. About a month after my reverse lights stopped working, my brake lights and driver side windows stopped working too. OK, that was annoying, but I decided to keep driving on it anyway and get it checked out later. About 3 weeks after that, all my gauges and navigation went out. My car was barely drivable. I ended up taking it into the shop. 7 days without a car and $1,400 later my car was back to normal. Apparently, a computer in my car went bad which set forth a chain reaction of haywiredness. In an effort to make me feel better, the mechanic said, “If you would have just brought it in 6 months ago it would have only cost about 150 bucks”. Sweet, thanks for the advice, guy. Let me just hop in my DeLorean and get it up to 88 miles per hour so I could go back in time to warn be of yestermonth.

Your bodies are like cars (and wonderlands)

Let’s face it, we’re not perfect. As we get older, biomechanical imperfections manifest themselves into pains. Those pains sometimes lead to injuries. If you don’t get a nagging pain taken care of early on, it could lead to your body compensating in a different way at the sacrifice of healthy body mechanics. For example:

  • Tight-shoulders-guy who just happens to throw out his back when he puts weight overhead because he lacks the proper shoulder range of motion and has to compensate with arching his back.
  • Long-distance-runner-chick who loves to run but has zero midline stability and nonexistent glute strength and wonders why her back and knees hurt.
  • Johnny-McBenchPress who has two hurt shoulders and can’t squat below parallel because he lacks flexibility. But he’s got a sweet bench, bruh.
  • Ouchy-VonOucherson who has just about every excuse in the book and can’t figure out why their entire body hurts and just about every joint has either a “rip” or a “tear” in it even though they have never had an MRI.

So how do you avoid getting injured?

The short answer: you can’t avoid it. Like I said before, you’re not perfect. Your body is going to move wrong whether you’re on your 500th rep of filthy fifty or your first rep of picking up the newspaper and you may tweak something. The longer answer: You can minimize your chances of injury by taking care of any little aches and pains you have now. Don’t accept the fact your back gets tight when you go overhead, figure out why it does and correct it. If you lack glute strength, then strengthen them. If you feel your body compensating around a pain, fix the pain and fix the compensation. If you can’t correct deficiencies in your mobility, see a specialist who can help you fix those things. I see Dr. Yu at Proactive Wellness for Active Release Technique (think of lacrosse ball on speed). Just take care of it. It’s that simple.

But it’s not that simple

This means on top of all the other work you’re doing to get in shape, you will need to do additional work to fix your biomechanical deficiencies. Insert the human ego. None of us want to admit that we are flawed. We don’t want to feel like we need to do something special because we weren’t born with flexible hamstrings (maybe we were born with them but sitting for 29 years got rid of that). It’s so much easier on the ego to do stuff we think we are good at and stay away from stuff we think we are bad at. If that makes you sleep at night, well sweet dreams. The rest of us want to try and get better. Invest the extra time, it’ will pay off in the long run.

The point

We all want to increase our level of fitness. We want to look good naked. We want to feel capable and strong. We don’t want to get picked last for the dodgeball team. In order to do that, we need to have a come to Jesus moment. Injuries are going to happen whether you’re doing CrossFit, you’re surfing or you’re getting out of your car. You can minimize those injuries by addressing deficits in your body mechanics and not letting your ego get in the way. Don’t do an Rx weight just because (post to follow why I think Rx is dumb). Pay attention to your body and if something starts to hurt, figure out why it’s hurting and fix it. The last place you want to be is in a DeLorean going back to the future to tell yourself “I told you so”.

Sifford II

Workout of the Day:


For time –
Wall Balls 20/14
Box jumps 24"/20"
KB swings 55/35

5 Responses

  1. joe PT

    Amen. What a wonderful and eye-opening (as if people didn’t know this stuff already) post. Really?…all those wall balls and box jumps after tonight’s workout? Guess I’m keeping my tights on tonight.

  2. Debbie Deb

    Interesting article (says the chick with wrist issuesat the moment).
    I am even more interested in the follow up article of why the author thinks RX is dumb!

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