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by Coach Ian J McHugh

On a serious note, let's discuss Rhabdomyolysis, a.k.a. Rhabdo. "We can dispense with much medical detail with a quick and easy description of rhabdomyolysis as a potentially lethal systemic meltdown initiated by the kidneys in response to the presence of shed muscle-fiber debris and exhaust in the bloodstream. There are several causes and types of rhabdo, classified by the underlying cause of muscle breakdown. With CrossFit we are dealing with what is known as exertional rhabdomyolysis. It can disable, maim, and even kill." (Glassman, Greg; 2005)

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Generally those who are most likely to suffer from exertional rhabdo are those who have been exposed to too much work (exercise) in too little time. Who are these types of people?

  • Former athletes, gym-goers, or CrossFit athletes who have taken some time off from training and come back weeks, months, or even years later and try to push themselves as hard as they did when they had been training.
  • Beginners who have never exercised, or even those who have exercised but with low intensity.
  • There even seems to be some "non-exercise risk factors" that could lead a person to developing rhabdo.

Factors in the Development of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (Brown DO, Thomas; 2004)

 

Exercise Factors

Athlete's experience and fitness level

Intensity

Duration

Type (concentric vs eccentric)


Nonexercise Factors

Metabolic myopathies

Malignant hyperthermia

Illness

Sickle cell trait

High ambient temperature

What are Symptoms of Rhabdo?

  • dark, red, or tea colored urine
  • weakness of affected muscles
  • weight gain from water retention
  • joint aches and pains
  • muscle tenderness or aching
  • generalized weakness
  • fatigue

It is important that if you have any combination of these symptoms that you see your doctor and have your creatinine kinase (CK) levels tested, as well as your kidney function to make sure no kidney damage has occurred.

What can you do to try and prevent Rhabdo?

1) "Exercise wisely. A good rule of thumb is never to increase your workout more than 10% a week. For example, don't increase the miles you run, the weights you lift, or the number of times you do an exercise more than 10%. When it's hot and humid, don't increase your activity by even this much." (http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nhoh/SiteCollectionDocuments/Rhabdomyolysis.pdf)

2) "Hydrate your body adequately, especially after exercise. Serious athletes are at risk of dehydration and possibly rhabdomyolysis. Drinking large amounts of water after exercising can help your kidneys flush out the myoglobin." (http://www.ehow.com/how_5653026_avoid-rhabdomyolysis.html)

3) Also checkout this helpful prevention list, How to Avoid Rhabdomyolysis, from eHow Health.

 

Please know at CFMG our #1 priority is safety. Our job is to help you become stronger, faster, and healthier. We would never try to put you in harm’s way. This is why we prescribe "On Ramp" workouts for those who need to scale workouts down or are just getting started with CrossFit. We also offer a free filtered water source so our members can continue to hydrate before, during, and after their workout. Please know that "rhabdomyolysis can develop at any level of physical exertion" (Brown DO, Thomas; 2004) so if you feel like you need to scale the WOD down, you probably should.

 

Sources:

1) CrossFit Induced Rhabdo; Glassman, Greg; 2005

2) Exertional Rhabdomyolsis, The Physician and Sports-medicine - VOL 32 - NO. 4; Brown DO, Thomas; 2004

3) What is Rhabdomyolysis?; www.med.navy.mil

4) How to Avoid Rhabdomyolysis; eHow Health

 

 

SWOD

A1) Deadlift 12/12/10/10/10

*Your goal is to maintain perfect form throughout all sets*


B1) Strict Ring dips 5/5/5/5/5

B2) Ab roll-outs 8/8/8/8

 

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WOD

6 Bar muscle-ups (sub. = 18 chest-to-bar pull-ups)

9 K2E

12 Overhead squats (135#/95#)

-3 rounds for time-

(12 min cap*)

 

Recover for 5 min


Weighted planks, 4 sets each for 30 sec. recover approx. 1 min between sets.

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Overhead Squatting SAFELY

Grilled Pork Chops "Jerk Style"

 

SWOD

Split Jerk 8/8/8/8/8


EWOD

200m run

30 sec rest

400m run

1 min rest

800m run

1 min rest

400m run

rest 1 min

200m run

-For total time-

 

Running on the toes

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Today we are going to implement a new style of warm-up. When you come in for the WOD you will notice another post on the whiteboard that looks like a WOD, but it is not. It will actually be a warm-up. For example today's warm-up will be:

Buy in: 200m run

-3 rounds-

5 push-ups

10 squat pauses

15 jumping jacks

10 PVC shoulder pass throughs

5 Leg swings (each leg)

Cash out: 200m run

The idea here is to get out of our normal warm-up habit and see if this style is better for all of us. As you can see we will implement movements in the warm-up, as usual, that will help prep your body for the actual WOD. We will also spend time, just like we do now, reviewing each movement that is contained in the WOD.

With all that being said please remember this is a warm-up not a workout! You'll want to start off by moving at 50%-60% and gradually work your way up to 75%-85%. We will brief each class with a little more info. on how this new system will work. If you have any questions please speak with Coach Ian today. Please note we will also, for the time being, not post the warm-up of the day on this site.


 

Do you know "The Essential 8"? Click pic for more info.


WOD

In teams of two:

-AMRAP in 8 min-

10 thrusters (155#/95#)

15 deadlifts

recover for 5 min

-AMRAP in 8 min-

400m run

30 static lunges

Score = Total reps completed by both partners


Partner #1 will start on the first AMRAP while Partner #2 starts on the second AMRAP. After the 5 min recovery the partners will switch. The score will be the combine total of both partners completed reps i.e. completing 1 round of the first AMRAP gives you a score of 25, completing 2 rounds of the first AMRAP gives you a score of 50,...

For the second AMRAP we will only score the static lunges i.e. completing 1 round of the second AMRAP gives you a score of 30, completing 2 rounds of the second AMRAP gives you a score of 60.....

Partial rounds will count towards your score too!

 

Join us on tomorrow at 6pm for the CFMG Nutrition & Lifestyle Course


What to expect at this course:

-Specific body composition measurements

-Paleo & Zone block recommendations

-Guidance on pre/post workout nutrition

-Help with goal setting and motivation


Deadlift Back Angles

Deadlift prep 1

Deadlift prep 2

 


Join us today at 6pm for the CFMG Nutrition and Lifestyle Course


WOD

20 Hand-lift push-ups

30 Double Unders

200m run

20 burpees

30 sit-ups

200m run

-AMRAP 20 min-

 

CrossFit Kids starts back up today!


The Most Dangerous Man in Endurance Training

Burpee Demo

The 400,000 Hour Body

 

Open Gym 10am-1pm

Saud at CrossFit Central London

MWOD

Shoulder Range

Couch Stretch (about 2.14 into the vid)

WOD

Buy In: 50 Wall Ball (20#/14#)

20 Hanging Power Snatch (95#/65#)

20 Push Ups-(hand lift at bottom)

60 Double Unders

3 Rnds

Great Story of Strength- Boy with a Backwards Foot

CrossFit Sports Series 5K-Big Prize Money

 

Free 10 AM WOD

200 M Run

10 KB Swings

5 Burpees

10 Air Squats

12 Min AMRP

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Strength WOD

10 Min to find your 1 Rep Max Power Clean

WOD

800M Run

30 Squat Cleans

800M Run

-For Time-

We realize there is no weight next to the 30 Cleans we are letting you decide that today.  RX will be whatever you put on your bar.  Our reasoning behind this is to let you push yourself and experiment with what weight you can handle.  Judging by the amount of reps what do you think would be a good weight? The coaches will be around to help you decide and encourage you to increase or decrease.


 

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