Lately, I’ve been battling a shoulder “injury.” The problem is that it’s not truly injured. It is having problems because it’s insanely tight.
I went to my massage guy and told him I needed my lats and shoulders worked on. Let’s just say every moment hurt, and it’s still tight. My chiropractor is working on my shoulders, too. You know it’s bad when you roll out and can feel the knots rolled over, and they don’t leave.
This is the crappy part of CrossFit — the physical toll it takes on your body. And, as you age, this toll does not get better.
I love CrossFit, but wish it did not hurt so much. I truly have no idea what a normal massage feels like; mine always hurt like hell. I’m sore almost every day of my life. Or, something is tweaked. And, to top that all off, I don’t even like the way my body looks any more cause I think I’m too chunky.
So, why I keep doing this, I don’t know.
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When I first started CrossFit, I would get bicep tendonitis.
I’d back off, and it would go away.
The last six months I’ve had perpetual uncomfortableness in my arms, meaning one or the other feels off (usually my right arm).
In the last 6 months, all of my PR’s have increased. Dramatically. I’m lifting heavier and heavier weights. Doing more pull-ups and bar muscle ups. Overall, training and lifting at a more competitive level.
I’m wondering if my arm pain is just normal for this stage in my weight lifting career. Like growing pains with kids. My muscles are growing and adapting and healing in a perpetual cycle. With the normal muscle soreness and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Or is it something more?
It’s so hard to tell with soft tissue.
All I know is it’s something I’m aware of. I manage it. I back off when I need to. Take a week off when I need to. Scale when needed.
I’m seeing a massage therapist. And a muscle activation specialist.
There’s only so much one can do.
And I feel like I’m doing everything humanly possible while still maintaining my training regimen. Other thoughts?