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Old 05-29-2007, 01:51 PM   #1
Leah Turner
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So I've been doing crossfit full force for about 3 weeks straight and I haven't respected the 3 on 1 off days as I tend to be an extremist. So I was taking one day a week off. Anyways muscle soreness has always been present when as I've lifted in the past so that hasn't concerned me...I like the feeling of knowing I worked hard.

But this past Friday I went full force on the Dead Lift for the first time ever since practicing w/ smaller amounts (first PR 1RM 195), and the day before I did Cindy for the first time and attacked her. I felt really worn out Friday evening but still got up and worked out crossfit style Sat morning although I really was thinking it was a bad idea. When I get back Sat I just laid down b/c my lower back hurt so bad. Then I took a long walk through the city and by evening I was absolutely dead. I laid around the whole weekened (I had no lack of sleep previously) feeling weak with back pain, and now I've got a headache, nasuea, chills and wondering if that could be connected w/ my overdoing it. This is my 3rd day off from exercise and I really want to go back tomorrow...

Basically am I being overly concerned? The back pain is almost gone and headaches are something that I get once in a while.

(I searched all the Rhabdomyolysis threads already)

Thanks! (I don't mean to be scrupulous)
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Old 05-29-2007, 02:49 PM   #2
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I've been sticking to 3/1 or 5/2 pretty solidly, but a few workouts still seem to hit me as you described. Linda, and the recent heavy fran-like workout come to mind. I usually treat myself as "injured" until my lower back clears up, whenever that feels too stiff.

The rest of what you described sounds like overtraining. I'd recommend more time off. If you can survive on one rest day in 6, then I don't think you're working hard enough on the work days. The other thing to consider is that gains occur during recovery. If you're not giving yourself enough recovery time, you're not getting as much out of the workouts as you could.
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Old 05-29-2007, 05:03 PM   #3
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Crossfit is potent stimulus, use sparingly. You don't need much, especially at first. Be in it for the long game, don't worry so much about crushing yourself yet.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:12 PM   #4
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Leah, Learn to listen to your body. Don't just "hear" what it's saying - actually "listen." Sounds like you overdid it a bit and your body rebelled by shutting you down for a while. Go ahead and go back at it tomorrow, but this time "listen" :-)
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Old 05-30-2007, 03:19 AM   #5
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Im a bit like Roark, I don't like to push a back injury or pain. I've had my back and/or kneck out enough to know how bad it hurts and what it does to your life so its just a no-go-zone. Don't get me wrong, muscles are muscles and a little stiffness from time to time is normal if you've been working them. Its just a personal choice I spose, but my back and kneck are areas I tread carefully around.

I hope you feel better real soon Leah.
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Old 05-30-2007, 05:49 AM   #6
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Thanks for the responses!

I know rest time is valuable and necessary for gains, but sometimes I don't care as much about the gains as having fun at "not so fun" workouts and being able to say I pushed myself hard again that day.

I'm going to give it a go today and listen to my body this time.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:48 AM   #7
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Leah - re: the headaches - Ensure you are having enough water - I get pretty bad headaches if I haven't hydrated properly.
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