Actually some of the things we do here are kind of dangerous, when you think about them; tossing loaded barbells into the air and catching them? Climbing up 15′ ropes? Hanging upside down from rings? Swinging cannonballs around your head?!
As you all know by now, we are sticklers for form and technique at CrossFit London. Very little escapes the eagle eyes of our coaches, and some nights all you will hear is the sound of corrections and adjustments being made. And to this extent our clients have an excellent record of avoiding injury in the gym.
But what about that other stuff? The dings, bumps and bruises that come with doing ‘real work’. Kettlebells bashing forearms. Barbells against shins. Ring straps rubbing on upper arms. Collar bone bruises from front squats and cleans.
For me, this is what makes CrossFit proper training for real life.
In the real world there are no elliptical cross trainers; there are cross country skis. There are no gravitrons; there are tree branches, walls and scaffolding (!) And there are no barbells, only luggage, pianos, and other heavy, odd shaped objects. And when you bump into that stuff or let it hit you, it hurts as well!
So with each bruise, scratch and ‘owie’ I see myself getting stronger and better prepared to take on the world. I try and wear them (and I have loads!) like little badges of honour; proof positive that I have put myself in harm’s way and survived.
After all bruises fade. Strength endures.
Do you remember your first CrossFit bruise? Tell us a story in the comments below!