Injury, is it a choice?

krista_snatchI'm just getting over a minor shoulder injury that meant I had to miss a couple of weeks of proper training.  The injury was because I made a choice to squat snatch a decent load at pace, with some immobile shoulders, and an incomplete warmup, and then I made the choice to compete at less than 100%, aggravating it further .........thus the tweak in my shoulder is my fault entirely, not the barbell, or the snatch exercise itself.

 It's rare that injury is not under your control.  Contact sports such as rugby and boxing are a little different, you can't predict when two 100kg forwards are going to hit your knee in different directions........  But in the gym, it's all you.
One of the key tenents of the daily workout is that it is supposed to challenge the fittest athletes in the world.  Our programming options allow for more realistic completion by everyday athletes, but due to the performance continuum everyone falls on, one day there will be something that is too heavy/too long/too fast/too hard for you to do safely.
The coaches are there of course to help you choose wisely, but the warning to be smart is given on your very first day, and that warning is not revoked EVER, even if it's not spoken of as often.  "LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR" is the first thing you see on our Gym Rules as you walk in the door each day.
If your goal (like 90% of our members) is to achieve awesome health and fitness, then your behaviours should match it.   Choose a weight you can handle, a range of motion your joints are up to, and a speed you can maintain excellent form with throughout.   Identify unstable and/or immobile areas and fix them (this can take a long time, so you also need patience!).  If your goal is competition, then.......do the same.  Yes that's right, same advice, in fact, more so.  Under competitive speed and pressure, it's a lot easy for imperfect situations to go wrong.
Of course, I'm speaking in fairly general terms to make a point.  We're all human, we'll make mistakes here and there, and sometimes injury can occur despite the best care and attention.  Elite fitness carries a small risk of niggles and strife, but with remember, anything worse than that is up to you......
FITNESS

A.

Pushpress

5 x 8

Single Leg Romanian Deadlift

3 x 8 reps e/leg

B.

20 Cal Row

20 Wall Balls

20 DB Power Cleans

20 Slamball Situps

Rest 5 mins

2 rounds

PERFORMANCE

A.

Pushpress

5 x 5

Single Leg Romanian Deadlift

3 x 8 reps e/leg

B.

30 Cal Row

20 CTB

30 Wall Balls 9/6kg

20 TTB

Rest 5 mins

2 rounds

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