Sunday 9.27.15 – “The Rhabdo”

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Vacaville PD does a great job at notifying their community via Facebook of what is going on in their city; crimes, arrests, missing persons, stolen vehicles, etc.  I think this is a great thing.  Knowledge is power, or whatever that saying is.  However, often times I read the comments on their page and I see things like:  “What is happening to Vacaville!?”, “Vacaville is getting worse!”, or “Vacaville is the new Vallejo!”

The fact is, Vacaville is not getting worse necessarily, but they are simply notifying the public more on what their officers have been doing for years.  Making major arrests on a nearly daily basis.  But by informing people about, it appears like more is going on.

The same thing happens all over the place.  24 hours news media, you buy a new car and suddenly you start seeing the same vehicle all over the place, etc.

Rhabdomyolysis is often associated with CrossFit.  “CrossFit’s Big Secret” was the name of an article I’ve seen before.  The truth of the matter is, CrossFit has been warning about Rhabdo since at least 2005, trying to educate the world about the health issue!  Read their first of many articles from the CrossFit Journal, dated May 2005 here:

http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/33_05_killer_workouts.pdf

It is likely that you don’t know anyone who has had rhabdo, but the truth is that many athletes of all types of workout programs and sports suffer from a mild case of it from time to time.

In the simplest of terms, Rhabdomyolysis is a breakdown of muscle cell contents that results in the release of muscle fiber contents into the bloodstream.

Quite simply, it comes about through intense physical exertion when the body is 1) either not ready, or 2) de-conditioned, but the athlete doesn’t believe so.  This seems to be the most common form of major cases of rhabdo.

It happened to me in the past.  My definition of intensity in 2006 was length of time working with weights (often 2+ hours).  When I did my first sub 10 min high intensity workout, believing my intensity to be at an extremely high level (it was not), I came down with  a mild case of Rhabdo.  Three days rest was the key and I have never had an issue with it again.

However, as I just finished my throwing season, and as I begin CrossFit workouts again more regularly, I need to make sure I don’t try to beat previous CrossFit PRs, and I give myself a few weeks to ramp up.  The same way we ramp up new members coming into the gym.  We don’t throw them into the hardest CrossFit workout and tell them to go as fast as possible.  We increasingly allow their bodies to develop the ability to intense workouts. Thats the already built in defense against Rhabdo!

However, sometimes stubborness ensues.  Luckily we can learn from each other!  Coach Phillip wanted to share his story so others are aware.    Check it out on the latest episode of Built to Last Fitness!


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