Handstand Walk Skill Work
15-ft. rope climb, 4 ascents
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From the CrossFit Journal
BY DR. SEAN ROCKETT
November 4th, 2018
“I can’t exercise anymore. You see, I have arthritis.”
I’ve had many patients enter my exam room, look me straight in the face and say that.
My mind drifts to some of the videos I’ve seen in the CrossFit Journal that show adaptive athletes and morbidly obese people exercising.
On further questioning, I find the patients are usually referring to hip or knee arthritis—the most common forms of arthritis—and I proceed to ask about their limitations. Most people say they can’t run or walk long distances anymore. I then ask questions about upper-extremity disabilities and abdominal or back issues, and I find that most people don’t have problems in these areas. I then concoct workouts and ask the patients to try them, get the heart rate up and see how they feel afterward.
I’ll also have CrossFit athletes come in and ask about modifications when they are in too much pain from box jumping, jerking or running. When I start talking about modifying movements and workouts, sometimes it hits people hard.
My goal as an orthopedic surgeon is to help people be comfortable and capable of functioning in all different aspects of life. I want to avoid surgery until it is necessary. I usually tell people they will know when they are ready for surgery based on pain, lifestyle adjustments and disability. As you will see in this article, exercise is important for everyone—even people who have been diagnosed with arthritis.