Two and a half weeks ago while competing in a partner competition, I fell straight to the floor while doing pull-ups. My grip started to go, but in my mind I was positive one more rep could come from it. WRONG! At the very top of the movement, both hands slipped and what seemed like a ten minute fall happened in a split second. Straight to the ol’ gluteus maximus I went. Ouch! After collecting my thoughts, back to my feet I was, and on to finish workouts one, two, three and four, in some of the most excruciating pain I have ever felt in my life.

After a visit to the doctor, I was given one restriction: “BE SMART”. Not much of a restriction if you ask me, but also one of the best! In the past prescription given was – do these stretches, don’t do these movements, only use a small percentage of max load, etc. Did I listen? Hell no! I knew what I was doing and would just work through the pain, which made for a longer recovery.

Following the fall I decided it was in my best interest to properly recover from the injury unlike I had in the past. How, you ask? By checking my ego at the door every time I walked into the gym and scaling near every workout that coach had programmed. Did I want to do this? No, absolutely not!

With the new prescription of “be smart”, I've had to dig deep past my ego, focus on mobility and give up the “RX” next to my name for the time being in order to heal properly, shorten the recovery process and come back stronger. Just like you, I didn’t want to do this knowing I could do most workouts prescribed.

...focus on mobility and give up the “RX” next to my name for the time being in order to heal properly, shorten the recovery process and come back stronger

It hurt my feelings having to tell myself I would have to scale workouts when or if I felt any pain. Well, that pain was there 100% of the time which meant daily WODs would absolutely be scaled. If I could barely lift my 14 pound puppy there was zero chance lunging 125 pounds was even in the horizon. Each day when I would arrive at the gym I would assess the workout and make any needed adjustments whether it be load or movement.

I still wanted to get the best workout possible as if I were doing what was programmed, and knew if scaled and done properly, I could benefit.

What I’m getting at is this, is it really worth it to have RX next to your name even if you are at the bottom of the leaderboard? Is it worth the risk of a lengthy recovery and possible re-injury?
Maybe we should be using our knowledge ball (aka heads), go through the recovery process, work hard, improve on technique and mobility while leaving our egos at the door.


Angela Hoff
Coach: Climate CrossFit