I Bruised My… by Coach Kelly
We’ve all done it. Missed a lift. Not bailed. Fallen on a platform. Hit ourselves in the face with a barbell. Gotten a black eye. Peed during double unders. Whatever it is, you’re in good company.
When you’re pushing yourself to the limits (as we often do here) sometimes stuff happens. While each lift might not be perfect, we do want you to be safe. Here’s a few reminders:
- Don’t be embarrassed. Know we’ve all been there and looked similarly silly. We laugh about it now. Just chalk it up as a fun story to tell at the next CrossFit social.
- Don’t be too harsh on yourself. CrossFit comes with a big learning curve. Know we are all here to support you and encourage you, not judge or criticize.
- Know when to bail. If a lift is not going well, bail and get out of the way. There is no need to risk getting injured to save a lift. I take lifting very seriously but I would never risk injuring myself just to PR. Live to PR another day.
- Ask for help. Your coaches are there to coach you. Want us check your form? Ask. Need a refresher on proper bailing technique? Ask. Need to modify a movement due to an injury? Ask. You are not bothering your coach. It’s our job and we are happy to help!
- Use your primary coach. Yeah, that’s me. If you need further mobility work, movement instruction, tips, advice, referrals – I can help!
- Try again. I had a pretty bad box jump injury, a story for the next CrossFit social ; ) and as soon as I was able the first thing I did when I went into the gym was do a box jump. I didn’t want it to become a ‘thing’ that I avoided. Don’t let one missed lift, box jump, double under or anything else keep you from trying it again.
Above all else, don’t take this CrossFit thing too seriously. I mean we’re all just here for the socials anyway, right? ; )