This past week was spent re-tooling my forward progress to compete in the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games. My right shoulder continues to decline to the point I am unable to reach over my head. This makes little things such as pull ups and presses (both barbell and handstand) nearly impossible. Each time I know I need to perform one of these tasks, I quiet my mind, know it's going to be the most intense searing pain possible, and do it. "Easy peasy lemon squeezy", as my son would say.
To continue to prepare for the Games, I have been working on losing what little body fat I have and using the Bodybuilding.com 250k Challenge as a backdrop to accomplish this. I am hoping a lighter weight will help lessen the strain of my right supraspinatus and thus cause less pain. I will take a micro fraction reduction in pain at this point. I am down 4 lbs this week and have done it by spreading out my meals from every 2 hours to every 3 hours. I have also decreased my protein intake and replaced it with a higher fat content. The increased fat helps give me longer sustained energy both mentally and physically, in which I need to perform at my peak each day.
Chantea Goetz suggested to help me improve my deadlifts to move my heavy lifts to the beginning of the week while I am most fresh. The daily WOD's take a lot out of me and I am confident I do not sleep half as much as I need. So far so good as I pulled 415 lbs for 3 today with ease (or as much ease as 400+ lbs comes off the ground). I used no belt, no wraps, no straps as I am continuing to work on my core and grip strength. Chantea Goetz knows her stuff!!!
Time for treatment. Myofascial release, low level laser, pulsed EMF and of course, chiropractic adjustments.....
James "Jim" Goetz, affectionately referred to as, "Dr. Daddy", is a leading global expert in the field of health, fitness and wellness having spent many years as a strength and conditioning coach, completing his national chiropractic board exams and authoring numerous articles on the subject. He currently explores the unknown in advancing human performance through scientific research.