I'm in physical therapy for chronic lower back pain (I'm a writer, I sit a lot). I bought a 10-punch pass to local CrossFit gym because I've wanted to try it for a long time and, hey, it's the new year. You have to take 3 "foundations" classes before doing a WOD. They only offer foundations 2x a week. So, of course, I'm eager to get those under my belt. One is tonight. And my back is bothering me a bit from PT this morning and gym yesterday. But the next foundations class isn't until next Tuesday. Should I go tonight, or is that just violating primal blueprint law "avoid trauma"? aka "being dumb"? I don't know how intense the foundations classes are (and I don't know if you know, of that varies gym to gym...). TIA
ETA I did find this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/32391/lifting-heavy-with-back-problems#axzz1iXKzgDAV, which is helpful
Talk to them and tell them what's going on. I did exactly the same thing .. I started xfit after 20 years of on-again-off-again (mostly on) lower back pain. Chiro, Egoscue, Gokhale, PT ... nothing really provided real relief.
Because of my back, when I first started xfit I could only deadlift the bar (45 lbs) and could only do a few squats. It took several months, lots of recurring nagging pain, lots of patience and tons of Ibuprofin, but within 6 months or so all my back pain was gone. I haven't really had it since (over a year). And last time I tried I was deadlifting a couple hundred pounds.
I give all credit to my instructors. They were very good about helping me modify/substitute any exercise that was giving me problems.
Of course I don't anything about your back and YMMV, but it's not hyperbole to say xfit changed my life.
* EDIT: well, maybe a bit of hyperbole.
Wow, only three foundation classes? My box has a required 10 classes over 4-weeks.
Go and talk to your coach, tell them what is going on. They may let you do some active recovery classes with them, should be open to current non-CR'ers, and will be a combination of yoga, soft tissue work, flexibility techniques and traditional calisthenics. It should make your lower back feel better.
You will be working hard in all your Foundation classes so it's best to go in 100%, so IMO stay low and avoid possibly doing any new damage which will keep you out even longer. Feel better!
Working out might just fix your back. If I was you, I'd focus on strengthening the hamstrings and stretching the hip flexors/sartorious. It usually do wonders for lower back and knee pain.
I suggest to give exrx.net (under kinesiology) a study. Find exercises and stretches for the muscles I mentioned above.
I am not sure on the gym, but it really depends on the trainers. Boxes vary so much on foundations that no one here could tell you what its like.
3 classes seems pretty short to me if they are including a workout. They might not be doing a metcon and simply introducing movements.
It's bad to go to CrossFit (tm) at ALL. Using highly technical olympic lifts as metcons is retarded. Just do a program based on the "Starting Strength" book ... and save $100/mo by going to a "normal" gym on top of saving your body.
Somewhat tongue in cheek, but not completely. :-)
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