When new people enter my CrossFit Box, I know that one of two things will happen in the next three months:
- People will complain about lower back soreness/pain; or
- People will complain about shoulder soreness/pain.
Now, before we start to blame CrossFit for these issues, let me make it clear that we are not talking about injuries. As I mentioned above, people describe it as a pain or heavy soreness. They still have a full range of motion, but they just feel stiff and sore.
I had the same experience when I started with CrossFit, and after a lot of research and testing, I finally started to understand what was going on.
In CrossFit, we use our hips and shoulders quite a lot. We do Olympic lifts, deadlifts, kettlebell swings, pull-ups, handstand push-ups, etc.—all exercises that will challenge the mentioned areas.
In my case, I was coming from a traditional Monday-to-Friday desk jockey job where I would sit most of the day, typing on my keyboard. My core muscles would stay unengaged most of the day due to sitting, and my shoulders had learned to hang in a bad internal rotated position, making them weak and stiff. I had been doing that for ten years before I started doing CrossFit 3–4 times a week. [Continue reading]