Training Through Injury

Posted by Kayla Castro
Nov 18 2014

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I’ve trained a lot of folks that have been injured and admittedly it’s challenging for me as a coach, but much harder for the athlete. The thing that I think is most important in keeping folks training in general is seeing tangible progress and being a part of the group. Without this anyone would get discouraged.

Our training is geared for progress for the able bodied athlete. When you’re injured, that structure gets replaced by something that’s effective, but not in the same way for everyone. For instance, if you have an upper body injury that keeps you from pushing and pulling, your structure is going to be built on much more lower body training (I get it, these are keen insights…..).

I’ve created and executed a ton of training templates for folks with injuries and seen tons of progress in terms of both healing the affected body part(s) and in building strength/endurance in the healthy body parts. But folks don’t want that, myself included. We want to be doing the same thing as everyone else and doing it well, seeing improvement. It’s tough to come to the WOD classes and do something different.

So if you’re injured and getting discouraged you have two options:
1) Suck it up, #justshowup, and do what I tell you. You’ll get healthy and you’ll still see improvement, just not the same as everyone else.
2) Sign up for personal training. This way we can create an independent structure for you that will show you tangible progress in what you need specifically.
3) Take a break and see a professional. Our in house chiro, Dr. Jordan or massage therapist Dave Marsh are here to help!

[Originally posted Potomac CrossFit 141113]

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