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Why Us?  Part 2

Injured again?  It happens all too often to endurance athletes.  All that repetitive motion means that if anything is even a little bit off – stride too long, hips a little twisted, hand entering the water a little too close to midline – it adds up and eventually something starts hurting.  Coming back from injury is maddening, boring, aggravating, and an opportunity, all at the same time.  The key to turning that frown upside down is to take the opportunity it presents to (1) understand why the injury happened, address that issue to prevent its recurrence, and (2) learn new skills, take on new challenges to help you stay active and recover faster, so you can get back to what you love sooner.

Related: Why Personal Training?

Injuries have two basic causes: trauma and overuse.  Traumatic injuries, such as getting hit by a car, are out of our control.  We just deal with the consequences afterwards.  Adapt the best you can, keep chipping away at the issues, and have patience.  Overuse, however, is much more within our control.

While you are recovering from injury, we can help you address your mobility issues, learn new skills like resistance training, get you moving better overall and make you a more anti-fragile athlete. 

The solution to overuse injuries is Technique, Technique, and more Technique.  And variety.  Running technique is usually ignored except at the end of a race (“keep your form together!”), as if it had no impact on your injury risk.  Often the cause is simply not believing that form can be better or worse – the belief that you should just run the way your body wants to run.  But the way your body “wants” to run is shaped by your life to that point.  In our culture, that almost certainly means a lifetime in bad footwear and an otherwise sedentary lifestyle, with the mobility restrictions those cause.  Your body obeys the command to “run!” by finding a way that works given those restrictions.  It compensates.  But those compensations are compromises, and if left unaddressed, they will eventually flower into injuries.  Restoring the strength and alignment of your feet, loosening your hip flexors and other immobile spots, and learning proper technique will remove those restrictions, allowing your body to function optimally.  The same goes for swimming, bicycling, and everything else.

While you are recovering from injury, we can help you address those mobility issues, learn new skills like resistance training, get you moving better overall and make you a more anti-fragile athlete.  (The trend is to call it “resilience” but that’s the ability to absorb punishment without breaking.  The whole point of athletic training is to use the adaptive properties of our physical selves to improve, which is anti-fragility.)

Related: Strength Training for Endurance Athletes – Videos and Guide

Our mobility class attacks movement restrictions directly, in ways that produce maximum results in minimum time.  Our on-ramp and the instruction given in all of our classes teach and refine skills in a wide variety of movements across a wide variety of implements.  And for focused attention to your needs and maximum speed of improvement, nothing beats personal training.  Contact me at john@crossfitslipstream.com for a FREE, No-Sweat Introduction to get answers to all your questions on how we can best help you get back to the sport you love!

-John Bryant

Founder & Head Trainer