Thursday, February 7
“My body is broken beyond repair…”
Lindsey Vonn will go down in history as one of the greatest downhill skiers of all time. She is retiring after her races this weekend because in her words, “My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen.”
We watch professional athletes in all sports make the impossible look easy, but what we don’t see is the amount of hard work and suffering that goes into that final product. And if you are competing in any athletic activity at the highest level, it will take a toll on your body.
What I want you to think about is why you train each day. If you work hard and push yourself, you may get banged up from time to time. But if you train smart you should not be walking around in pain every day. Unless of course you are planning on going to the world championships. Then you can sacrifice your body for athletic achievement.
As far as I know, no one training here is competing for something like that, so don’t accept pain as normal. Don’t push through things that hurt. If you can’t do a particular movement because it doesn’t feel good, that is just fine. If it bothers you not to do something ask yourself, “Why?”
I want you to understand the difference in training to go to the CrossFit Games and training to enjoy life. If you are training for the latter, you should not be in pain daily. Taking time off from WODs to do rehab or mobility to fix your issue will allow you to continue training long term AND feel good every day.
Remember, just because someone else is doing it, doesn’t mean it is the right thing for you. Always consider WHY someone is doing something and then think about WHY you want to do it before jumping in.
Workout for Thursday, February 7
5X2 @ 80% to 90%
Dumbbell Box Step Ups
5X5 Each Leg
*5 Reps on One Leg, Then 5 Reps on the Other Leg
10 minutes of Handstand Practice
Handstand Progressions, HSPU, Handstand Walking.