There are some concerns that many people have when it comes to lots of different types of exercise and Crossfit and certainly one that has come under criticism recently. With most exercise, chiropractors recognize that proper technique and form is paramount. There have been some complaints as to the “danger” or frequency of injuries related to Crossfit. Here’s the problem with making that assumption.
1. Injury rates of a particular activity do not guarantee that the particular activity is inherently dangerous.
Let’s consider the well-deserved popularity of Crossfit and recognize that its results are impressive, but the rate at which it has grown has the potential to create problems. The types of lifts and exercises that are utilized in the Crossfit world are often NOT for beginners. But who is often looking for big results? Beginners who have little if any experience with athletics let alone Olympic lifts.
2. Some of the Olympic lifts and advanced exercise are potentially dangerous but only if you have poor technique and consistently attempt more than you are capable of.
Point being that if underqualified or inexperienced people are teaching weekend warriors with little to no athletic experience looking for a “quick fix” to a flat stomach, it doesn’t take a chiropractor to see there are going to be some people getting hurt.Now that’s not to say that you can’t be in TERRIBLE shape and do Crossfit. The issue is that you need to make sure you have a trainer that is knowledgeable and attentive enough to help guide you safely towards your goals. You also need to pace yourself. If you’ve been away from the gym or never lifted a weight in your life you’re going to need to go slow or you’ll be ‘googling’ “chiropractor Greenville, NC” or worse after your first session. Make sure you do NOT overestimate your abilities.
I’ve seen many people of all different fitness levels do very well.
It’s not so much the person’s overall strength, endurance, or speed that protects them from injuries, it’s that people who have more experience and thus better fitness, have a better understanding of their limits. Once you get started, take your time gaining some strength finding a baseline. Start off using less weight and don’t try to give 100% right from the start. Once you are more comfortable and know the ropes a bit you should be ready to find your one rep max for the most common Crossfit lifts. Once you do this you’ll be better equipped to protect yourself from injury when you have something to calculate the recommended weight for the exercise.
Crossfit sessions will often have a recommended weight for a particular lift. The weight will be calculated by a percentage of you 1 Rep Max for that lift. Starting slow would be highly recommended before you know your 1RM. VERY SLOW. You may only want to use an empty bar or even less. Do NOT try to compete with anyone there when you first start. This is how injuries happen. Again, this is why you want to take is slow from the start since you won’t really be able to calculate the appropriate amount of weight to put on the bar until you’re able to find you 1 rep max.
I HIGHLY recommend Crossfit Tier 1 of Greenville, NC. There are only two Crossfit gyms in Greenville, NC and I have nothing to bad to say about Crossfit Greenville. I simply have not been there. I have heard good things about both but have only experienced the top notch professionalism and support that Neal and Brandon have done a great job building and growing an excellent place for people of all levels to have first-rate exercise training beyond a typical personal trainer. If you’re always trying to beat the person next to you, you are more likely to get hurt but at a great Crossfit gym (or box as most Crossfit facilities are known) you have trainers and other people trying to get fit that are there to cheer you on and support you. This is a priceless amenity that I found at Crossfit Tier 1 of Greenville, NC. The best Crossfit facilities are a community not a just a place to work out.
3. Make sure your body is ready. Most people have been trained to start going to the dentist before their first set of teeth even falls out.
Very few people, however, understand the importance of going to a chiropractor regularly. Research suggests that the average age for a person’s first chiropractic adjustment is in their forties! Imagine if you never brushed your teeth until you were forty!If you’re going to start an exercise program of any kind it’s important that you make sure you are under the care of a structurally focused chiropractor. If the very foundation (your spine) that your arm and legs and muscles attach to is shifted out of its ideal position, then you are certainly putting yourself at risk for more injuries.