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


  • Alec

    05/29/2014 @ 5:20 pm

    Congrats Jenna, cool pic!

  • Joel

    05/29/2014 @ 1:25 am

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

  • Martine

    05/28/2014 @ 8:29 pm

    DL: #185

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

  • Petra

    05/28/2014 @ 3:08 pm

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

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