Workout of the Day
Every 3 minutes, for 12 minutes (4 sets): 3 reps at 85%
After each set of squats: 30 seconds of push-ups
30 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (120 / 83)
30 Box Jumps (24 / 20)
30 Sprawl-Balls (20/14)
Rx+ 155/105, 30/24
Russell Berger works for CrossFit HQ. I read this today on his FB page and thought I’d share:
My wife is a member of some message board for people who have the same connective tissue disorder she does. Someone on there asked if she could safely try CrossFit, and a moderator responded that “CrossFit would be quite inappropriate” for someone with her condition. Her claim was based entirely on misunderstandings of the program, So Katherine Woodward Berger responded and set her straight. I’m so proud right now:
“All of these workouts can be done by your grandmother with a knee replacement. Think back to your training (we all learn to weight lift with a simple PVC pipe). Some clients never need to progress from the PVC pipe.
The thing is, CrossFit is entirely based on FUNCTIONAL movements. What is a squat? The way you get in and out of a chair every day. What is a deadlift? The way you pick up a toy or one of your kids off the ground. What is the snatch or the clean and jerk? Ways to move something from the ground to over your head. That’s how you unload the dishwasher, put things away in your linen closet.
This stuff is life. And you don’t have to do it with 200lbs. Or 100lbs. Or even 25lbs. Start with the movement. Get it right. Add a little weight so you get your muscles stronger. Because let’s face it, we ALL do these movements (even when we shouldn’t) and if we do them with a stronger body, we will be better at them and better at life. EDS and POTS decondition us (medical fact for many of us) and we have to fight that. Yoga is bad for EDS too. Running is too. So are contact sports. Almost everything is bad for EDS.
But guess what? Stanford and Mayo doctors both encouraged me to have my kids keep doing CF. yep. Cautiously and in moderation. But they said it’s great. It’s good for them and will likely protect them in the long run. It’s our connective tissue that is weak and we need strong muscles to counteract that.”