Bethanie looking strong with an American Kettlebell Swing. If you had an injured arm or shoulder you can do one arm swings. If you have an injured leg you can do seated swings. There are so many ways to adapt our workouts. We are only limited by our imagination.
The Myth that Being Injured Means You Can't Workout
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that is designed to increase your general physical preparedness. That means it's a fitness program that draws heavily on sports training to make you really fit so you can do whatever you want in life. For many of us, what we want to do is have fun outside the gym, and sometimes those fun activities can lean to injuries.
Here in Bozeman the adult summer recreation sport leagues have begun and already we have 2 of our athletes who have been injured by recreational soccer. Softball and volleyball have started as well and I'm sure we're going to see twisted ankles, pulled muscles and other injuries.
The good news is that once you've given your injury the appropriate acute care, and you've been checked out by a doctor or physical therapist you can return to working out with adaptations, modifications and scaling. In fact, completely sidelining yourself is a fast path towards a deep dark hole of sadness and feeling like crap. Returning to the gym is super important during your recovery so you stay engaged with your community and get the mental health benefits of exercise.
Lots of folks think that they can't do CrossFit if they have a twisted ankle, torn muscle, or some other injury. That is just simply not the case. In fact, CrossFit is practiced at Walter Reed Army Hospital to help rehab military folks who've lost limbs, have brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. CrossFit can be adapted to accommodate any physical limitation. People in wheelchairs do CrossFit every day, in fact there's wheelchair specific programming you can follow via WheelWOD. If you have a lower limb injury you can do everything someone in a wheechair can do. If you have an upper limb injury you're now going to work with dumbbells and kettlebells with your "good" arm until you're healed.
Being injured is a total drag, I know! But, you can work with any of our Coaches to come up with modifications to adapt any of our workouts to you. Our goal as Coaches is to meet our clients where they are TODAY and make their time in our gym the best hour of their day. We can do that if you walk, crutch, or wheel yourself through our front door.
Check out this video from a special course that is designed to help Coaches learn how to modify workouts for adaptive athletes.
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