17 Min AMRAP
12 GHD Hip-Back Extensions
15 Wall Ball shots @ 20/14
It’s good to be back home from working at the CrossFit Games and mostly caught up on sleep! Working the Games was fun, exciting, stressful and I stayed very active. During the week of the Games I walked over 38 miles and climbed 34 flights of stairs! Am I fitter for this? Nope! I’m far less fit than when I left for Madison– you’re welcome Tia-Claire!
Yes, I stayed active; I walked a lot, lifted the odd box and sprinted to catch a ride. But there was no intensity, and that really did nothing for my overall fitness. Coming back to CrossFit SAC, I knew that even though I felt great, I had not moved with any intensity or at any kind of volume for almost two weeks. So I scaled my workouts more than I would normally. I did this not just because I wanted to reacclimate to working out, but I knew that if I didn’t take it a little easier that I might actually hurt myself.
There is a condition called Rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo for short) that is very rare, but also very serious. It happens in the athletic community when the rate of muscle breakdown overwhelms the kidneys. It is excruciatingly painful, requires medical intervention and can cause long-term kidney damage, and even death.
The people that are the most susceptible to getting rhabdo in our community are people who have a good amount of muscle development, who have an ability to push through physical discomfort and who have been inactive for a period of time. This physical scenario paired with a high volume workout (think “Barbara” or “Angie”) can spell major trouble for an athlete. This recipe for disaster is not precise, so if we haven’t seen you in the gym in a week or so, we are going to scale it back a bit to be on the safe side– even if you have been “active.” It’s nothing personal, it’s not us doubting your abilities, it is us making sure you are safe and wanting to save you a trip to the emergency room. And ego aside, isn’t that what you would want from a coach? Someone who has your best interest in mind and can identify and help you to avoid a potentially dangerous situation?
It’s easy to get blinders on and just see the workout of the day. With that, having to scale (more than usual) in some way can feel like a missed opportunity– it’s not. We will do it again and you will get your chance to crush it. In the long term, we would much rather you remember your experience doing “Angie” or “Barbara” with a sense of accomplishment and not the workout that sent you to the hospital.