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Every now and then someone tells me they can’t do CrossFit or any kind of weight training regiment because they got hurt once and now they don’t move in the same way and/or they worry that working out is going to make their situation worse. In fact, there is a large segment of medical professionals that stress how important it is to NOT strenuously exercise because it is bad for your heart/bones/life (as a side note I have no idea why Dr. Oz is the expert on physical fitness or why people think they can get “fit” in 2 weeks). Putting aside my opinion on how the reason we get hurt in the first place is because we didn’t work out and then when trauma occurs we are not physically prepared to handle it and walk away from it, and also saying that there are absolutely people that have serious injuries that prevent them from doing certain movements, I think a lot of this can be summed up in people rationalizing inactivity.

We get hurt so we rest and recover and then when we are better and try to go back to our old regiment we realize just how hard it all was. After taking a month off from activity doing 10 pushups is suddenly nauseating. Doing 20 pullups requires 4 breaks instead of 2. A 400 meter run becomes the thing that you hang out in the back for instead of trying to speed for the front of the group. For some people barriers are way greater than that. You took the past 10 years off and now you need to lose 50 lbs, not 5. Walking up a flight of stairs requires a long break afterward. You need to call a store employee to help you out to the car so you can get a bag of dog food into the trunk. In the end, how you approach this new you is definitive of how successful you will be.

Whether you need to lose 10 lbs, 50, or 100; whether you want to be able to play with your grand-kids or you want to run your first 10k; whether you want to back squat 300lbs or you just want to get yourself off the coach; what matters isn’t the state you are in right now, but that you make a conscious effort and decision to be better tomorrow than you are today no matter how small that improvement may seem.

For most of us it’s been a year since they last decided to improve themselves.  Who are you now? Do you need to hold onto the bannister to climb up the stairs? Have you hiked to the top of your first mountain? Do you fit into those jeans from high school? Did you sign up for the Tough Mudder and have no idea what the fuck you were thinking?

Now what are you going to do about it?


All Levels WOD
Every 30 seconds for 5:00 minutes (22 total reps):
2 Deadlifts @ 65% of max
15 Thrusters @ 135/95#
25 C2B Pullups
10 Thrusters @ 135/95#
20 C2B Pullups
5 Thrusters @ 135/95#
15 C2B PullupsFor time.


Brian Lee

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