4 Tips to Help Prevent CrossFit Injuries
CrossFit is one of the most popular training programs out there. Millions of Americans benefit from the intensive workout that it provides. However, every now and then someone will get injured. The good news is that injuries are almost completely preventable if you follow these 4 simple tips:
Warming Up Before Working Out
This is one of those no-brainer tips. But you’d be surprised at how many experienced CrossFit participants don’t warm up. After a while it becomes routine and they think that they are in such good shape that they don’t have to take the time to properly warm up. This is when injuries occur the most.
CrossFit is designed to work your entire body, and as such your muscles need to be warmed up prior to going full speed ahead. Warming up your muscles will prepare them for the strenuous activities ahead and will prevent muscle strains, pulls and tears that could have you sidelined for weeks, if not months.
Perform Mobility Training on a Regular Basis
While building strength and lifting weights is an admirable goal, you need to balance it out with flexibility and mobility exercises. They are designed to help elongate the muscles. Stretching and Yoga can help prevent injuries by loosening up muscles that are time and keeping your body nimble so that you can continue to push yourself to your limits.
Know Your Limits
Don’t get into a contest with people around you. CrossFit isn’t a competition to see who can lift or endure more. It’s only a competition with yourself. How far can you push yourself without going too far. CrossFit is designed to help you increase your limits over time. Just because you walked into the gym with a ton of extra energy, doesn’t mean you should push yourself. Pace your workouts and pace the increase in duration and intensity. If you push too far, too soon, you might wind up with an injury that will sideline you for a very long time.
Use Cold Post Workouts
Cold therapy will help you limit the amount of inflammation your body undergoes after a CrossFit workout. The workouts are designed to build muscle mass, but in that process, your muscles are literally torn in small parts.
Using an ice pack on areas that you worked out can help improve recovery times significantly by reducing inflammation, swelling and pain.
CrossFit helps people stay in shape and look physically fit. It’s important to keep in mind that serious injuries could occur if you don’t prepare and take care of your body adequately. Proper warm ups, not pushing yourself to the limits every day and taking care of yourself during the post-workout hours can do wonders in helping the gains you make from CrossFit come to fruition sooner.
If not, then it will take much longer for you to see results as you haven’t taken care of your body and as such your body is taking a lot longer time to heal. Follow the simple steps above to achieve the body, strength and stamina that you want in record time!