Improper Warm Ups and Cool Downs are a Disservice

By Corey 5398
No warm ups or cool downs? You’re doing yourself a disservice.


By not individualizing your warm ups before the class and not incorporating proper cool downs post-WOD.

Over the last 5+ years, I have continuously examined hundreds of CrossFitters during their arrival and departure from different boxes. Many athletes arrive 5 minutes before the WOD and leave immediately when their class is over. Others have kids to take care of or appointments to make – I get that. Time is money!

Your coach will make you stretch, right?

Coaches are responsible for priming your body for the time, modal domains and load that they’re about to place on your body. They cannot possibly individualize their program every day to cater to each athlete’s personal restrictions on mobility, whether it’s warm ups, cool downs or accessory work.

Injuries run rampant when you neglect to add recovery tools and accessory work to your belt as your training volume increases. Training is meant to improve your quality of life – not take away from it! The goal is to improve your recovery from heavy and intense training at a faster rate than you can damage it. Consistent training requires a daily concerted effort in reducing your weaknesses.

FUN FACT – Flexibility is one of Greg Glassman’s 10 general physical skills that is typically neglected when doing CrossFit 5 days a week. Glassman seems like a safe source to trust when it comes to warm ups and cool downs.

Join me February 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM for a 1-hour seminar on the importance of proper warm ups and cool downs. Better yet, I’m going to show you how exactly to do both, including Dr. Eric Goodman’s “Foundation Training”. Dr. Goodman’s regimen personally helped me rehabilitate after my back surgery.

It’s time to get your introduction to Foundation Training!

Written by: Jesse Law

About Dr. Jesse Law
Dr. Law graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelors degree in music performance. He became a certified personal trainer for International Sports Science Association (ISSA) immediately following his undergraduate education. He chose to become a certified chiropractic physician after receiving care from a chiropractor that treated him with compassion following a traumatic lower back injury while training. He received a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida.

Dr. Law is an active member within the CrossFit community as a coach and athlete as well. Dr. Law utilizes soft tissue and mobilization techniques when addressing a patient’s bio-mechanical deficiencies to improve overall body function and sports performance. Dr. Law is certified in Functional Range Conditioning, RockTape and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization that is effective in addressing many conditions from extremity complaints, sprain and strain injuries, to whole body joint pain.

Dr. Law is board certified in Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and is also a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association, Chiropractic Physician Association of America, and Florida Chiropractic Physician Association.

For more information, visit www.lexiumsportschiropractic.com.

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