Thursday 130606

For time:

100 pull-ups
100 kettle bell swings 24kg (16kg)
100 double unders
100 overhead squats 95# (65#)

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The Wedding party at Max Effort CrossFit




Yo, what’s the deal with rhabdo? (part 2)

We have previously discussed what is rhabdo (short for rhabdomyolysis) and defined some commonly used terms (eccentric vs. concentric movement). I used an example of how someone may get rhabdo with the kipping pull up. That again is only one example. There are other causes as well as several risk factors that can bring about the dreaded rhabdo. Those include, but are not limited to, severe trauma, burns, heatstroke, seizures, viral infections, alcohol/ drug use, some prescription medications such as statins for high cholesterol, and, of most concern to us in the Crossfit community, intense muscle exertion.

So how do we, as much as we possibly can, work to prevent rhabdo in our athletes? One way is scaling. Crossfit is infinitely scaleable. Scaling does not mean you are weak, less of an athlete, or somehow inferior. Scaling is a tool used to help you grow as an athlete, increase your strength and capacity, and keep you safe. If you are new to Crossfit fresh from the foundations program, you may be given fewer rounds, reps, or weight. If you were once a collegiate athlete and find yourself de-conditioned and getting back into working out, you may be given fewer rounds, reps, or weight. If you are recovering from an injury along with the above you will get modified movements to support your rehabilitation. All of this can, and should, be done at an intensity level relative to your abilities.

There is, however, the possibility of over scaling and, in doing so, yet another way to get rhabdo. I will use the pull up as an example. There are WODS that literally contain hundreds of pull-ups, i.e. “Angie”. An athlete who has never done more then 50 total pull ups in a WOD before decides they are going for all 100 today. They grab their blue band and at 3,2,1, go they’re gone. Somewhere around pull up #40 they have dropped down to sets of 2 pull-ups at a time and they are no longer getting their chin over the bar, so they grab a green band. The green band helps then start moving through again but the new pull up momentum is short lived. The athlete again is doing pull ups in sets of two but neither one is to chin over the bar. So the athlete grabs the blue band and adds it to the green band and the cycle continues. This is called progressive scaling. This athlete has gone to failure at every scale used to get through a volume of work literally double anything they have ever done. This is a recipe for rhabdo. This athlete was right to grab a band for their scale, but this is a case where this athlete needed to be scaled on their reps as well. Muscles fatigue during workouts, it’s okay to adjust a scale or add one during a workout to account for this, but as athletes we cannot go to total muscle failure and progressively scale through it. There is a recent post written on a Crossfit discussion board about progressive scaling along with “Top 10 ways to avoid giving a client rhabdo”. It is directed towards the Crossfit trainer, however it is a good read to understand why trainers do what they do, click here to read it.

Should you unfortunately get rhabdo, here are a few signs and symptoms: 1) pain out of proportion to the amount of soreness you would expect, often coming on much faster than you would expect after a workout, and often accompanied with weakness, 2) swelling of the body part involved, either with or without pain, 3) decreased urine output or darkened urine the color of tea or coco cola. If you have any of these signs and symptoms you need to get to a doctor and determine its extent and treatment.

The moral of the story . . . don’t mess with rhabdo, it’s no joke. And wasps nests, don’t mess with those either, it wasn’t in the story but its just good advice.




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  2. Andy E :

    Agreed – dont mess with the rhabo or ninjas – especially the ninja. Both can leave flat on your back in the ER.

  3. Pottsie :

    Congrats Emmalee and Jason!!! Sure wish I could’ve made it! What a cool weekend!!

    Many exclamation points!

  4. Ginger :

    Do you have to finish one movement before moving on to the next?

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