Thursday 110210

Strength

Push Press

1 – 10 – 1 – 20 – 1 – 30

WOD

3 rounds for time of:

20 squats

20 walking lunges

20 broad jumps

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Wall balls are coming!

It seems that our programming has trends when you take a step back and look at it. Sometimes we seem to do a ton of squats. Other times it feels like our shoulders take the brunt of things. We've heard comments about the number of pull-up WODs when we throw in some mainsite WODs. And there are times when the programming just feels harder. That's not to say that there are "easy" days. I doubt anyone leaves a WOD saying it was easy, but some days seem harder than others. Of course this is subjective and depends on the the person, but you catch the drift.

One thing we tend to see during those hard times is an increase in what we might refer to as "issues". It's not that an athlete is hurt or injured, but it's more than the everyday general soreness. A tweaked shoulder, an achy knee, a tight back. These are just a few examples of what we sometimes hear about. Having Nader providing his PT expertise has been a blessing for our athletes, and he's worked with a bunch of you guys. You're not on the elliptical reading a magazine, you guys are training like athletes and these "issues" will happen. The question is how will you deal with it?

One effective but overlooked tool is…..rest. I know, sounds crazy, but it works. As you know, we coaches will come around and talk to each of you before most WODs. Ask how's it going, how are you feeling, how's work, how's the kids. We want to know how you're doing. And often times, we hear about an issue that's been going on for anywhere from a couple days to a few weeks. A general ache, a pain, a decrease in range of motion. When we ask you what you've done about it, the usualanswer ranges from almost nothing to mostly nothing! Here's the thing, when these things creep up, if you deal with them early, you can prevent them from becoming a chronic issue. One way to deal with it is rest. If your shoulders are especially sore from the WOD on Monday, and you see that Tuesday has a lot of overhead work, Tuesday might be a good day to take a rest. A little ice, some foam rolling, quality time with a lacrosse ball, and things might start feeling better.

Now, that's not to say if you're feeling sore, don't come in. We would have an empty gym if that were the case! What we're asking is that you be smart about it and listen to what your body is telling you. Yes, we know you want to hit that hero WOD or blow up your previous Cindy score. But sometimes your body needs to recover. I heard thiscomment today: "I figured if I can't put deodorant on because of my shoulders, I should probably take a rest day." No truer words have been spoken! Listen to what your body is telling you! 

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