Experience shoulder pain is a bit of a never ending story for CrossFitters. Sooner or later everyone feels that their shoulders are tired, hurt before the warm up or just constantly in various positions of the joint. But this problem is not limited only to CrossFitters. Thanks to my swimming experience I am surprised to say that having shoulder pain is natural for swimmers too. They even have a name for it: “Swimmer’s shoulder”. Whether you are a swimmer or you do Crossfit the signs and reasons for pain are the same. In my last post I talked about different injuries of the shoulder joint. Today I want to take a look at avoiding the injury. What we should do in order not to hurt ourselves. Stance Maybe its not a bad idea to start with something as easy as the way you hold yourselves. We do it all day every day and we do it wrong. Just think about the way you hold yourself when you wait for the bus or sit at work. Your back is bent, shoulders swung down and forward. We often look at our phones so our heads are also facing the ground. Try to … Read More
Sauna, why not!
Im going to build on my previous posts about after-training regeneration (Foamrolling and Rest Day) by focusing on another passive regeneration that is perfect for days like we have now, days when staying bundled up in bed sounds better than hitting the cold gym, sauna. Visiting a sauna brings much more that the well known positives for our organisms, such as relaxing our minds and helping our immune systems. For sports people like us, sauna has an interesting impact on recovery and preps us for another training session. When to implement it Should you go to the sauna before you train, after or on your rest day? The answer is not a simple one. You need to realise what you expect from the visit in the first place. If you aim to recover, you should visit the sauna at a certain time after you train or on your rest day. If you want to work on your endurance, go to there immediately after you work out. If you work on your lifting and want to increase in your strength you should stop by before you train. “When you are recovering from a work out, your heartbeat should go back to normal. … Read More
Squeeze in your core!
Squeeze in your core! You hear this a lot, especially in classes where we play with heavy weights. Upon hearing “squeeze in your core” most of you tighten up your back muscles so much that your torso bends back. This happens because you don’t engage all of the muscles in your torso. Simply said your back is tight but your belly is not. Can we safely lift heavy weights when our bodies are in this position? Nope. So let’s take a look how to tighten our core right so that we can lift our next PR soon. Loading our spine with a heavy barbell, or any heavy object, puts it into flexion. Bent back under a heavy load is not ideal, better case scenario is pain and a couple of days of rest, In worse case scenarios we need to see a specialist (doctor, physio, …). The worst are outstretched muscles, pinched nerves, dislocated discs, etc. Spinal erectors are not strong enough for this kind of work out. To make sure our spine is safe we need to help them out by engaging other core muscles and breathing right. How: Flex your glutes Suck in your stomach – think about … Read More
Don’t forget to cool down!
Not too long ago we heard from Tomáš on how to effectively warm up before every CrossFit workout. You can read the article here. However, preventing injuries is not just about what we do before we work out, it’s is also about the part most of us skip. That is cooling our organisms down after we work out. Most of our members collapse after the WOD, then clean their stuff up, chat with friends and head to the shower. Some of the more enthusiastic ones try to improve some of their movements or play with the sandbags. There is a small number of members who notice and stretch using a foam roller. But is that enough? I’d like to talk about the right way to help our bodies restart and recover faster so that we are ready for the next day at CrossFit. Runners run it out, bikers bike it out, swimmers swim it out. So I guess CrossFitters CFitout? Probably not, so let’s just use cool down. Because a cool down is just as important as a warm up. Three steps to an effective cool down: Low intensity exercise Spend 5 to 10 minutes working out at a low intensity. … Read More
How to swim more efficiently?
Swimming has become a popular discipline in CrossFit competitions. It is also a great way how you can work on your endurance and improve your lung capacity without stressing the joints of your body. In addition, it is a great active recovery tool that can release sore muscles after our difficult WODs. Many CrossFitters are scared of swimming when it appears in CrossFit competitions, therefore I am going to give you three tips that will help you swim more efficiently. Body position – water has almost thousand times higher density than air, therefore it is important to swim in a position that will have as little resistance as possible. Try to keep your body straight and tight, so that your hips and legs are hidden behind a “window” created by your shoulders. Tighten your core similar to the hollow rock position and avoid overextending your lower back. Another common mistake can be sinking legs. It happens when your legs are not floating in the same line as your body but they get in front of your body. It is like swimming uphill. You can avoid this by laying more on your chest without sinking your head deeper into the water. Imagine, that your chest is a bouy that … Read More