Stay Injury Free at CrossFit – 7 Essential Tips

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1. Find a Workout Tailored to Your Skill Level

CrossFit gyms, also known as boxes, detail their workouts online. They give an idea of how the trainers there think. Look for a gym that offers two or three workouts daily for all different skill levels. This shows that the coaches care about helping individuals of all kinds.

2. Pick a Teacher, Not Just a Coach

A good coach is a teacher. Before you start each workout, your coach will explain the movements. They will take you through the steps in slow motion to make sure everyone has a good understanding of what is expected of them. It also tests to make sure that no attendee feels lost or left behind the rest of the class according to David Osorio, a renowned Brooklyn coach.

3. Workout Your Body and Brain Not Your Ego

Start working on your form using light weights and slower speeds. You can build on that as your abilities develop. The goal is to get fit, not “win” at doing your workout like you are some master athlete.

4. Don’t Skip the Uncomfortable Moves

Your weakness might be pushups or sit ups. No matter what don’t skip on them because you are not good at them. Practice them with patience. According to Osorio, you will get good eventually at what you suck at.

5. Don’t Ignore Aches and Pains

Some aches and pains indicate that a person has to work on their technique more. These also can be a prelude to bigger injuries. According to LA trainer Andy Petranek, common exercises that cause injuries are the box jumps and sumo deadlift high pulls. Listen to your body and take your time.

6. Pay Attention

Tough workouts can often cause the heart to pound and muscles to tremble. This is where it is easy to lose your focus, but don’t. Pay attention to what you are doing as it is one of the easiest ways to stay injury free at CrossFit.

7. Work Your Way Up to Number One

You want to work your way up, but striving too hard to reach a personal best is one of the leading causes of injury according to Dusty Hyland, the co-owner of DogTown CrossFit in Culver City. He suggests his clients attempt personal bests only once every four or six weeks.

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