Who are you!?
How long have you been doing Crossfit?
I officially joined CrossFit Oxnard in January 2019. Before joining, I had been lifting and working out at a “Globo” gym with my boyfriend Tyler McGee. He sparked my interest in functional fitness and HIIT training. I wanted more help when it came to lifting and working out, so I scheduled an intro session with Brenda.
How did getting injured make you feel about your fitness journey?
After rupturing my Achilles on April 5, I honestly thought that my fitness journey was DONE! I know this sounds dramatic, but in no way has this process been easy. My orthopedic doctor told me that the healing and rehabilitation process would take 6 months to a year. On April 17, I had surgery to repair my Achilles, and almost every day leading up to that I would cry out of frustration. I hated seeing everyone play games, work-out, and even just walk while I sat on the side or hobbled with my crutches. I really thought that the coaches would tell me to not come in or to just sit out, but they did the exact opposite. Every coach would tell me: “Keep coming in!”, “We’ll modify for you!”, “We’ll find something for you to do!” It wasn’t until about two weeks after surgery when I decided to attend a 9am class. After that WOD, I realized my fitness journey wasn’t over. This injury was something that would help me get stronger and that I would overcome.
On the medical side what was did the process look like after your injury? What was helpful and what did you feel like you could do with or without?
After my injury, I had to decide if I wanted to go with the surgical or non-surgical route. I decided to go with surgery because the chance of a re-rupture is less likely and I’d also have a better chance of being able to work-out at the same intensity as I was before the injury. After surgery, I was sent home in a splint. Two weeks later, the splint was removed to check my incision and was instructed to start moving my foot back and forth in order to get back to a 90-degree angle. I had to get a hinging boot to help hold my foot in place and gradually get to 90 degrees. Once at 90 degrees, I was sent to a physical therapist and could start weight-bearing with the boot. Walking with the boot was hard at first but it meant I was getting closer to recovery. Now I am allowed to weight-bear and walk without the boot. Next step is to gain muscle and be able to walk without a limp. I have followed through with everything my doctor and physical therapist have told me to do and would not change a thing about this process.
How did CFOx make you feel during your injury? Were you able to workout during/while you were recovering?
I honestly believe that I would not be handling this injury as well as I have been without the CFOx community. Every coach has been extremely supportive and has helped me by modifying WODs throughout this process. I received so many texts from members and coaches checking on my progress and well-being. This love and support made a huge impact on my recovery.
Two weeks after surgery I started to workout. Initially, I was intimidated to go to a class, but every coach modified the workout for me and didn’t make me feel like I was an inconvenience. At first, there were very limited movements that I could do. My upper body has definitely gotten stronger and I can even do a few strict pull-ups now. After getting the boot and being able to weight-bear, workouts have become a little easier and I’m even allowed to do more. I never thought I could continue to work out with an injury, but the flexibility of CrossFit, knowledge of each coach, and my resilience to continue proved otherwise.
Any advice you would give to someone who has an injury and is intimidated to train while they are injured OR comeback after they’ve healed.
Something that I’ve been telling myself during this process is: “The comeback is always bigger than the setback!”
DON’T STOP and DON’T GIVE UP! Your mindset is your biggest obstacle.