We’re two weeks into the Crossfit Open and I’ve been having quite a bit of fun with the workouts so far. I’ve worn two small holes in my hands during the pull-ups last week but otherwise my body is holding in there pretty well. The Open is a great time of the year to see what you’re made of and compare yourself against athletes all across the globe.
Inevitably, every year people do get hurt. Sports injuries more commonly occur during competition and I believe the Open is no exception. Your adrenaline is high, you’re pushing your limits, you’re pushing to hit the rx workout and often times we’re more apt to ignore aches and pains when the stakes are higher. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy during the open and reduce your risk of injury.
1. Remember your goals Continue reading
I hope everyone had a great first open workout. I know I did (sort of, it felt rather terrible but satisfying in a strange way). We’re now in open territory and it’s time to showcase all of your hard work from over the past year. I just released some new programming to optimize your performance through the open while keeping your body fresh and helping to minimize the risk of injury.
To purchase this month’s programming click HERE: Continue reading
Join us today as I interview physical therapist and running specialist Chris Johnson. Topics discussed are:
- [4:14] Chris’s unique background as a physical therapist and athlete
- [7:30] How promoting longevity in fitness through smarter training is vital
- [9:24] One of the most critical mistakes runners make with training
- [10:05] 90% of runners run at 90% intensity, 90% of the time and 90% get injured – whoa Continue reading
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The other day I released an article entitled 10 Critical Principles Physical Therapists Need to Know about Crossfit for Successful Rehabilitation. I admit, I was a bit ticked off from so many therapists judging me for wearing crossfit t-shirts (Please don’t tell me you do that, blah blah etc etc.). A lot of that was written because I was just plain peeved about it. Continue reading
This week I get a chance to interview Dr. Dave Tilley. Dave has a very interesting background as a competitive collegiate gymnast, physical therapist and crossfitter. This combo allows for some excellent insight in how to bring gymnastics safely into the fitness realm. Today we discuss:
- [1:50] Introductions, porkchops and Dave’s background
- [6:05] Dave’s website bridging the gap between physical therapy and gymnastics performance
- [8:00] The dilemma between medical professionals and athletes Continue reading
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As we all know, shoulder health is paramount in crossfit. From personal experience I’ve found that shoulders tend to be one of the most commonly injured and painful joints in crossfit. I believe one of the major reasons for this is that Crossfit contains a large amount of shoulder intensive exercises. To reinforce the point, here are some of the most common crossfit exercises:
- Barbell / dumbbell / kettlebell overhead press, push press, thrusters, push/split jerk
- Pushups, handstand pushups, handstand walking, dips, burpees
- Pull-ups, kipping pull-ups, toes to bar Continue reading
Posted in crossfit, Injury Prevention, physical therapy, Shoulder, Thoracic Spine, videos
Tagged crossfit, exercises, injury prevention, mobility, motor control, rotator cuff, scapula, Shoulder, stability, Thoracic spine
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. Continue reading
As many of you know, Colorado CrossFitter Kevin Ogar suffered a serious spinal cord injury at the OC Throwdown competition this past Sunday. He underwent surgery on Monday morning to reduce a displacement of his T11 vertebrae. This is a very serious injury that requires a lot of intense and expensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Kevin doesn’t have medical insurance. In order to help Kevin out with his bills I’m asking the community to donate in order to help him out.
Donate to help Kevin Ogar through this link HERE Continue reading
Well 2013 has been a great year for me and for the site. Last year I picked an arbitrary number of hits I’d like to have on my site over the course of the year. I wanted 100,000 total. I had no idea if this was good but decided to set a goal and go for it. I ended up falling horribly short by the year’s end.
Fast forward one year. Now fitnesspainfree gets almost 100,000 hits per month. My newsletter started with just my mom and now is well over a thousand. I’m incredibly grateful and excited by all of the people who use the site and gain insight from the content. Thanks to everyone for reading and here’s to another successful year! Continue reading