Destroyed Your Shoulders Doing CrossFit? Here’s How to Recover

The lead up to the CrossFit Games starts now. Here’s how to keep your body healthy in the meantime.

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To make it to the CrossFit games, which are the Olympics for CrossFit athletes, you have to compete in a series of workout challenges that vary from week to week. The 19.3, announced last Thursday, is the third workout in a series of five, all part of the 19th CrossFit Open (hence the 19.3) — each workout earns you a ranking among athletes all over the world. The CrossFit Games culminate every summer after a series of other competitions in an attempt to find the fittest person on earth.

This week’s workout is particularly grueling and consists of lunges while holding a 200-ft dumbbell overhead, 50 box step-ups while holding a dumbbell, 50 strict handstand push-ups (get into handstand position and then do push-ups from there, lowering your head to the ground and then pushing back up to full arm extension) and lastly, a 200-ft. handstand walk. You can watch the workout here. Complete all of that in under 10 minutes, and you’re a winner in our book (you’re a winner for even considering it, actually). Handstand push-ups are seriously intense, especially after stressing your muscles while holding a dumbbell overhead. After all that you might feel like you need a week of recovery — so ice up, book a massage and then relax with a beer — it just might help.



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