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How to avoid injury when training CrossFit

5 tips to help prevent injury during exercise and in your CrossFit gym

By Hannah Briggs

 

CrossFit – simply put – is a strength and conditioning program that uses weighted and bodyweight exercises including Olympic Lifting and Gymnastics skills. It targets various aspects to deliver a fitness that is broad, general and inclusive. This way the program is designed to be scaled in any way, making it suitable for any individual regardless of fitness level or exercise experience.

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I have been a dedicated CrossFit Athlete for a couple of years now, and for the most part I have been injury free. I became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and Personal Trainer over a year ago, and started entering local CrossFit competitions early into my training.

A common issue or concern I hear most from people when it comes to CrossFit is “I’m not fit enough’, ‘ Isn’t CrossFit dangerous’, or ‘CrossFit is only for the elite’. These statements couldn’t be further from the truth.

Almost every other sport has the potential for injury, and CrossFit is no different. How many football players do you hear of each weekend that have done the ACL in their knee? How many Netballers roll their ankles or destroy their knees due to the high intensity of the game, and the twisting/turning required.

CrossFit, performed under the watchful eye of a qualified PT and Coach, is no more dangerous than Football and Netball.

Here are my 5 tips to help you remain injury free, but also get the most out of your CrossFit experience.

1. Leave your ego at the door and listen to your coach.

Your coach is there to help you, so ask questions when you’re unsure or feel like you need some assistance. You’re not supposed to know everything about CrossFit – that’s what your qualified trainer is for!

2. Warm up and cool down appropriately

This is fairly common sense, but you would be surprised at how many people warm up incorrectly or not at all. You should warm up for 10-15 minutes, during which time you slowly build intensity as you focus on the large muscle groups. This is designed to raise your heart rate and prepare your body for the workout.

3. Scale the WOD (Workout of the Day). Don’t be a hero.

If you feel like you’re sacrificing your form by trying to do a weight that is too heavy, just scale it back a little. You’re coach will help pick a weight that is suitable for you if you aren’t sure – it’s more important to lift correctly and safely and perform at a higher intensity, than to take 40 minutes to complete what should take 20 minutes just to say you did the weight Rx (as prescribed).

4. Rest Days

Listen to your body. Everyone needs rest days. You might be able to physically turn up every day, and get through another workout, but you won’t be able to give 100% effort. It is recommended to take a rest day every 3-4 days, and your body will thank you for it.

5. Mobility and Massage

Massage Therapy can help to alleviate pain, stiffness and improve flexibility. It can help reduce inflammation in joints and soft tissue, and also reduce stress and anxiety. When you exercise often and at high intensity, regular massage can also assist in preventing injury.

 

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Hannah is a She Science Ambassador, a Personal Trainer/CrossFit Level 1 trainer, and a CrossFit Athlete. Hannah competes at local CrossFit competitions both individually and as a team competitor, and made the finals event in her last 2 major competitions. Hannah is passionate about helping other people achieve their health/fitness goals through her PT and coaching, and motivating others to become passionate about their own fitness. Follow Hannah on instagram @_mindovermatter_13 and facebook Factory 3 Cross Fit.

 

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How long will a Sports Bra last? The facts & figures.

This is something I get asked often. Very often. Sadly there is no easy answer, as it does depend on so many factors. Saying that, I will do my best to ‘ball park’ this timeline for you in this post.

But firstly, there are two things I should remind you of.

Your Sports Bra plays an important role in your exercise regime. It keeps you supported which in turn will improve your comfort, confidence and performance. The more we try and beat the daylights out of our number 1 training tool, the more we are sacrificing that comfort and support.

You also need to know it’s likely your Sports Bra will suffer a silent death. That means it may slip away without you even knowing. Of course I’m not talking about a washing machine kidnapping or anything of the sort. I’m exaggerating the point that the support, fit & overall functionality will fail much before the physical appearance of the bra. Like with a good pair of running shoes, if it’s falling apart or showing excessive wear then it’s likely you have way over stepped it’s spectrum of support!

Now we should all be fairly aware that a well made everyday bra should last between 6 months and a year depending of course on how often you wear and wash it. I always say, if you wear it twice a week and wash it once a week you should lay it to rest on it’s birthday!

Given the materials of a Sports Bra are generally firmer and more resistant to wear than an everyday Bra, and the engineering of the product is completely different all together then surely we should expect to get longer out of a properly fitted Sports Bra?!? WRONG, we wish that was the case!

Yes the materials are firmer, and it is specifically designed to endure the worst but sadly it is just that torment that ends up killing it quickly.

Most technical Sports Bra companies advise that their product should last about 6 months when being used for high impact activity three times a week. I tend to agree with this.

But something to take in to account is, if you increase that wear by only 1 extra session a week you will dramatically decrease the lifespan of the Bra. The reason for this is that there are elastic fibres in nearly all Sports Bra’s (especially the all important bra band) that become stressed and stretched with wear. If you do not give your bra adequate rest (we suggest 36 hours +) between uses then this elastic never relaxes back to its original state. It will wear much quicker this way. Likewise if your three days of activity are on Tues, Wed and Thurs you would expect to get less wear out of your Sports Bra, then if you exercised on Mon, Wed and Friday. Get it?!

As mentioned in a recent post on this blog their are a number of ways to improve the lifespan of your bra – see these tips here.

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