Thunder & Lightening

May 28th, 2014

Category: CrossFit

Thunder & Lightening


If you are going to run your first marathon, why not run the Great Wall of China Marathon. That’s what our very own Jenna Barresi recently accomplised! Congrats Jenna!

The other day I was coaching a class when an athlete failed a rep on a strength set, dropped the weight, and grabbed his back. I made sure he wasn’t in severe pain and had no scary symptoms, then asked if he thought he should do the WOD. When his response was, “I don’t know,” I told him he was not going to do the WOD. He was understandably disappointed but spent the rest of the hour stretching out his posterior chain. As a result, he prevented further injury to his back and potentially a longer time-off of CrossFit down the road.

As athletes, it can be incredibly hard to let ourselves rest, to stop mid workout when we are in true pain (versus the very different pain from working hard), to change our game up when that nagging pain just won’t go away. I speak from experience; I’ve had a low back issue for a while now and I know deadlifting does not make my back happy, so I’ve had to reluctantly modify away from deadlifts. In the long run, letting your body heal is the only way to go. What was the athlete above going to gain from finishing the WOD that day? Pretty much nothing, and he had a lot to potentially lose.

No matter how safe we try to be and how perfect we try to make our form, injuries will happen now and then. When they do, listen to your body. Talk to your coaches about ways to modify and never let your ego stand in the way of keeping your body safe.

Every Minute on the Minute
for 10 Minutes
3 Deadlifts

10 Minute AMRAP
10 Power Snatches (115,75)
10 Ring Dips

Level 2- (95,65)
Level 1 – (75,45)

Rest 5 Minutes

800m Run for Time

Mobility Class:
Lower Body


  1. Alec 05/29/2014 at 5:20 pm

    Congrats Jenna, cool pic!

  2. Joel 05/29/2014 at 1:25 am

    DL: #265
    WOD: 4+17: 55# and red band for ring dips
    800m: 3:56

  3. Martine 05/28/2014 at 8:29 pm

    DL: #185

    WOD: 4 + 12, purple band for ring dips
    800m: 4:13

  4. Petra 05/28/2014 at 3:08 pm

    DL: up to #205
    WOD: 4 rounds rx
    800m: 3:27