Monday, September 17

I listened to an episode of the Icon Athlete podcast the other day called Hurt or Injured and they discussed the difference between the two and how to know when to back off, modify, or take a break all together.

This is a really tough one for us as trainers because everyone perceives pain differently. Sometimes, it’s hard to decipher if it’s an actual injury, a sore muscle from previous workouts, or just uncomfortable because the movement is hard.

We try to figure it out by asking you a lot of questions. This doesn’t mean we’re trying to push you to do something you’re not comfortable with or could lead to injury, but we’re just trying to assess the situation so we know how to modify and adjust.

Some people have the “play through pain” mentality and others stop at the first sign of discomfort. Neither of these are right or wrong and each situation is different. So how do you know what to do? We ask tons of questions about what the pain is like, if you have felt it before, do other movements bring on the same feeling, etc… because we are trying to find the cause and fix it.

Although pain may be common for many of us, it’s not normal and we should always be looking to improve the situation. But, there’s a difference between pain and injury and discomfort.

When I do a bunch of thrusters and pull ups in a workout like Fran, my forearms and legs are very, very uncomfortable when I am done. Is it painful? Probably. Am I injured? No.

Sometimes the first squat or push up of the day doesn’t feel great. Tight muscles ache and joints may experience a little pain from not being warm and lubricated yet. Again, not injured.

But, maybe you do a pull up and there is a shooting, sharp pain in your elbow. That may mean there’s a physiological issue around the joint that needs to be fixed before doing more pull ups. It doesn’t mean you have to sit out the workout - you just have to modify the movements for the day.

Knowing the difference and knowing what you can tolerate comes with experience and paying attention to how you are feeling. Don’t push through an injury - you need to let yourself heal, but there’s usually still something you can do to stay active. But remember that pushing yourself to new limits brings results and you’ll need to get uncomfortable from time to time to do this.

So, don’t get mad at your coach if they’re asking lots of questions. We’re trying to keep you safe and trying to push you to try new things and get stronger. Sometimes we have to do some investigating to find the answer!

Workout for Monday, September 17
EMOM 4 min
3 Hang Power Cleans
Rest 1 min, Increase Weight
EMOM 4 min
3 Hang Power Cleans
Rest 1 min, Increase Weight
EMOM 4 min
3 Hang Power Cleans

6 min AMRAP
10 Push Press (95/65)
15 Air Squats

CrossFit 616