Fragile – Don’t Move!

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I’m hearing rumors of alarming note about medical professionals advising you against moving to your potential, especially as you get older.

Now that you are 40, don’t lift heavy things from the floor, don’t lift overhead, don’t do this or don’t do that.

Basically, if you want to avoid injury, stop moving so frequently and in so many creative ways. Start limiting yourself now for a brighter tomorrow.

I hope this is just an extreme slice, taken out of context, and I’m not seeing the whole picture…but just the fact I’ve heard this once is one time too many!

Now, I’m all for being proactive and reducing risk of injury to people who want to be healthy and ACTIVE. At CrossFit Portland, our first priority for our members is technique and safety.

This is why all new members have to learn first in Jump Start or personal training. Once they join the next level of classes, the focus is becoming consistent at what you learned. Once that is demonstrated, we add intensity.

In the next 2 months, we will be starting an injury prevention movement screen that will be part of Jump Start and also available to all current members. The goal is to identify trouble areas and provide you with working solutions while you train.

Like I said, big proponent of being proactive about safety and helping you move to your fullest potential.

You just have to meet me in the middle to reach that potential. Here is what you need to do.

1) Work with professionals who will guide you with solutions.

2) Fixing yourself often requires the hardest type of work – mobility and lots of it!

3) Be patient. While fixing your issues, keep moving but just do it differently and smartly.


Modifying for the rest of their life. You can do it for a few months.

Not moving, moving less, is not a solution. It’s giving up and I’m sure where that path will take you.


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