5 Things To Do Before The CrossFit Open


5 Things To Do Before The CrossFit Open

Glendale Physical Therapist

The CrossFit Open is upon us! Only a few days away from the release of 16.1. How are you getting prepped? We put together the 5 things to do before you start the CrossFit Open.

Take a Break

It’s ok to rest. In fact, resting several days to a week prior to the open is best thing for your body. Performance can decline with over training and risk of injury can increase. Active rest can be a great strategy. Rather than lying on a couch all day, try doing a light row, walking, swimming, or fine-tuning your form with a snatch progression (minimal to no weight).

Work On Mobility

Time to bust out that lacrosse ball and foam roller. Spend some time everyday to hit those problem areas that are causing limitations in mobility. Flexibility = potential power!


 Best time to hydrate is several days before an event. Cut back on all that caffeine and sugar (this dehydrates you). Make sure you are drinking half your body weight in ounces.

Set Realist Goals

 For 95% of us we are not going to the CrossFit Games nor are we making a living exercising. Try and improve your results from last year, compete against a buddy within your box, try to RX all of the workouts, try to complete every workout scaled or just show up and cheer others on. Set realistic goals so you don’t get injured. Your ego is easier to fix than a torn rotator cuff.

Get That Nagging Injury Looked At

Now is the best time to get treated for that nagging shoulder issue that occurs during all overhead lifts, or the low back pain that’s present during back squats or deadlifts. The symptoms are not going to get better on their own – ACT NOW.


About Dr. Eric Hefferon

Dr. Eric Hefferon received his advanced doctorate degree in physical therapy from the innovative A.T. Still University. He has been practicing in the west valley for 6 years and has made strong ties to local gyms and medical practitioners. Dr. Hefferon started Impact Physical Therapy due to his passion for an individualized healthcare approach. He knew by creating a clinic that was out of network he could help give patients the results they deserve. His treatment style attracts patients from all over the valley and even out of state. People will travel to seek Dr. Hefferon’s solutions!

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