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Old 09-08-2012, 03:42 AM   #1
Hans Wurst
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too rigid for CF?

Hey guys,
I am really rigid and don't know what to do about it. Its like I am an 80yo and almost everything hurts when I use it beyond my normal range of motion. E.g. when I warm up for back squats, I do couple of air squats at first but when I go down, it hurts in my hip and knees and I can hardly go below parallel w/o weight. So it seems impossible to do any cf exercise that needs a greater rom like power cleans.
What can I do about it?
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Re: too rigid for CF?

We could use a little more information to provide you with better answers. Things such as your height, weight, eating habits, previous exercise level, etc. from what I understood I believe that what your experiencing is very common. Many people starting CrossFit can not used the amount of ROM that is prescribed. Stick with it, and your body should become accustomed to moving and you will feel much better than you did before.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:08 AM   #3
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Re: too rigid for CF?

I usually dont answer medical type questions...so I will only mention:

1) diet? Not enough nutrients, or too much inflammation, can cause tightness all over the body. Clean up diet is #1 if you want to get fit. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

2) flexibility. Can you lay on your back, and hug your legs, with knees to chest, without pain? If nothing hurts when you're on your back, then it's weight bearing that is the problem. You must look up some of the videos or see a coach to make sure you are moving correctly when squatting?

I think you should better describe the 'hurting', cause it might be as minor as inflexible. More info regarding your age and fitness level, like overweight or not? How long has this been going on? Have you seen a doctor lately?
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:27 AM   #4
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Re: too rigid for CF?

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Hey guys,
I am really rigid and don't know what to do about it. Its like I am an 80yo and almost everything hurts when I use it beyond my normal range of motion. E.g. when I warm up for back squats, I do couple of air squats at first but when I go down, it hurts in my hip and knees and I can hardly go below parallel w/o weight. So it seems impossible to do any cf exercise that needs a greater rom like power cleans.
What can I do about it?
Are you 80?

Minus the questions on medical history and what not

Do you:

Foam roll regularly?
Do mobility often?
Stretch after workouts?
Sit at a desk all day?

Lots of other good questions (and medical ones too)

What are doing to try and fix these problems?

I'll be honest I'm 37 and if I slack off on my mobility and rolling I can tell a difference in a week
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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Re: too rigid for CF?

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Hey guys,
I am really rigid and don't know what to do about it. Its like I am an 80yo and almost everything hurts when I use it beyond my normal range of motion. E.g. when I warm up for back squats, I do couple of air squats at first but when I go down, it hurts in my hip and knees and I can hardly go below parallel w/o weight. So it seems impossible to do any cf exercise that needs a greater rom like power cleans.
What can I do about it?
Do what everyone else does that is rigid...learn to do the exercise correctly, knees and hips should NOT hurt when squatting unless you have a pre-existing injury...then stretch and mobilize like you mean it.

There's way too many resources for free online for this to be an issue for long, get after it!
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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Re: too rigid for CF?

I'm just going to commend you on striving for an active lifestyle at 80, just do what makes you happy and lets you leave the gym feeling you got a great workout, that's all I'll say.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:01 PM   #7
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I'm just going to commend you on striving for an active lifestyle at 80, just do what makes you happy and lets you leave the gym feeling you got a great workout, that's all I'll say.
HAHA...he said it's LIKE he's 80, not that he IS 80.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:19 PM   #8
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HAHA...he said it's LIKE he's 80, not that he IS 80.
ahh...apparently it's like i'm 5 because I cannot read properly haha.
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:26 AM   #9
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Re: too rigid for CF?

I am 6'1", 187lb, eat sometimes Paleo, and sometimes crap like Burgers and stuff. I have a strength training background (was not so successful).
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:09 PM   #10
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Re: too rigid for CF?

Hans, what do you mean by your strength training background "was not so successful"?

How long did you do strength training, what did your workouts consist of, did you have professional instruction, etc. Do you have any injuries that would preclude you from doing CF?
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