There’s a great quote from Greg Glassman (founder and CEO of CrossFit) that goes something like “If you do not make time for your health now, you’ll have to make time for sickness later.”
There’s a lot of truth in this little one-liner.
I’d like to share a conversation that I have with my athletes from time to time that is sort of along the same lines.
Recovery can also take on other forms such as foam rolling, stretching or other forms of SMR (self myofacial release).
Even with great attention to technique, intensity, rest and recovery, every now and then we get little pains in the body.
Maybe a little pain in the hip, the shoulder, or knee.
Pain is helping us to make an educated decision.
If there’s something on the line…well you must assess risk/reward and make a decision from there. For those of us training to be fit, healthy and happy- usually there’s not really anything on the line aside from maybe our own pride or expectations.
So now to the one-liner I want all my athletes to remember when these situations occur.
“Choose to rest for a week now, or be forced to rest for a month later.”
Often times with these little annoyances the toughest part is dealing with them mentally. The pain is not unbearable, and there’s things that you can *probably* do- but in the grand scheme of things you must ask yourself “is this smart?”.
It’s very difficult to do that in the moment. I get it. You want to push. This is what you’re here for.
THAT is tough to stay mentally in it. THAT is the kind of thing that derails people over the long-term.
When this happens to you (and if you train for any number of years at some point it inevitably will), here is your checklist:
- Tell your coaches. Describe the pain in detail. When does it occur, and on what movements. We aren’t doctors, physios, or chiros- but we do have an understanding of the body and how to go about getting you a good workout without making something worse.
- Get checked out by one of the above. If you don’t have a good contact come see us- we do.
- When in class, at practice, or training: take yourself out of the moment. Be smart. What would you tell someone to do if you were under their care?