These stories are pretty convincing… So, about those injuries? People do get injured when they have improper form, Price said.
It is my job as a trainer to make sure our clients have proper form and to make sure they are not put in a situation where they might get hurt. I do feel there are bad trainers out there letting people do movements and heavy weights when they are not ready –and that is what leads to injury.
And as any athlete knows, injury can happen in any sport. Heck, it can happen just walking down the stairs or across the street. But as with any fitness program, the risks and rewards boil down to getting hooked up with the right trainer. Crossfit coaches vary in attentiveness and motivational methods; those who don’t focus on proper form or adjust workouts to meet clients’ needs put them at risk for injury, as with any trainer).
Trink’s advice? Use your best judgment and don’t feel pressured to keep up with the group if you’re not ready.
Of course you want to push yourself, but don’t fall into the trap of doing a highly technical movement (or any exercise, for that matter) that you don’t think you will be able to perform well and with the lowest risk of injury possible.
As Crossfit member, Paige, said, it’s important to get in with a good coach. Crossfit has changed her life and made her stronger and more confident than she could ever imagine, but she also advises that you respect your limits:
I think people can get hurt doing any exercise or sport. I have seen people get hurt doing something as simple as twisting their ankle while running down the street. But when it comes to the olympic lifting, the key is a good trainer. You want to be sure your gym requires a proper “on-ramp” program and solid training where there is an instructor making sure everyone has proper form. It can also come down to the individual some people tend to lift more than they can safely handle out of ego, and I think that’s how people can really hurt their backs or shoulders.
Bring on the tire flips, leave your ego at home.
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