CrossFit and Sports Massage Therapy: The Missing Link

Thursday, June 30, 2016

 

What is CrossFit?

 

CrossFit is a form of fitness that was founded by Greg Glassman back in 2000. He designed this program in particular to enhance overall health and fitness. CrossFit involves a range of high intensity functional movements that incorporate facets of gymnastics, weightlifting, rowing and running, among other disciplines. Each WOD (Workout Of the Day) is different. A dramatic increase in overall fitness will be achieved by consistently applying these varied movements at high intensity. Although CrossFit was designed to challenge even the fittest athletes, it's appeal is universal. Each workout can be scaled according to varying degrees of fitness. As Greg Glassman himself puts it:

 

" The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ only by degree, not kind."

 

A key component of CrossFit is data. Whiteboards are used to track performances. This is an excellent motivator for all those who compete, and also a good way of tracking performance. Want to know more? Have a look at the following video.

 

 

Why is Sports Massage important then?

 

Recovery and injury prevention are key elements to maintain high performance levels. Efficient rest and recovery are important factors to consider if one is to fully benefit from high intensity CrossFit workouts.  Insufficient recovery could result in fatigue, over-training and impaired performance. Here's where Sports Massage Therapy fits in.

 

Generally speaking, athletes who perform well take care of their bodies. Some could argue that exercise does just that. However, the athlete's muscles, nerves and joints also need to be taken into consideration. The body is the vessel that keeps an athlete moving. It needs to be looked after. A consequence of neglecting this could be poor performance, or worse yet, injury.

 

There is a general buildup of lactic acid and toxins in the body following high intensity workouts. Although the body may clear these naturally with time, Sports Massage Therapy may help accelerate the process. Regular sports massages assist with muscle recovery when performing high intensity training. The variation of CrossFit sessions may often result in sore muscles after the WOD. Sports massages will help increase range of motion and blood circulation, and reduce inflammation too. Whilst there are various other activities that will promote post-exercise muscle recovery as well (chiropractic care, sleep, proper hydration and nutrition, etc.), Sports Massage Therapy plays a pivotal role in this process. Injuries are avoided and more time may be focused on training.

 

To ensure the ultimate experience, we've teamed up with CrossFit R8d. Be sure to check out their Facebook page or visit their box for an awesome workout. To assist with your recovery, why not book a sports massage with Muscle Management thereafter? Remember to like our Instagram and Facebook pages to be updated on our current rates and special offers.

 

Also something to look forward to: our next blog! The benefits of Sports Massage Therapy.

 

Until then, cheers!

 

 

References

  1. https://www.crossfit.com/what-is-crossfit

  2. https://youtu.be/bUoBqWrSfZE

  3. http://crossfitroots.com/sports-massage/

  4. http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/the-missing-link-of-the-crossfit-athlete-treatment

  5. http://www.crossfitsanitas.com/why-massage-is-an-important-component-to-crossfit-recovery/

  6. http://injuryactive.com/sports-massage-why-is-this-important-for-us-as-crossfit-athletes/

  7. http://liftbigeatbig.com/deep-tissue-massage-heavy-lifting/

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