I love box jumps at Crossfit. I prefer the 24” box to the 20”. It looks high when you first stand in front of it but once you tell your brain to tell your legs to just !jump!, they do it and you land on top slightly surprised at how easy it was.
Some WODs prescribe the lower 20” box for some reason. That one isn’t a big enough of a challenge for me so instead of just jumping up and stepping or jumping down, rest for a second and jump up again, I have played with rebounding jumps – rest for a second on top but not at the bottom, at the bottom I just bounce back up.
When I was training for the Paris marathon earlier this year, I always stepped down because I knew jumping down might bang up my calves and/or shins too much (they were already tight-ish with all the running that was happening). These days I must be a bit more reckless because on Tuesday I did 60 rebounding 20” box jumps as part of a WOD.
They were so much fun, the whole WOD was a lot of fun, but now – now my calves are broken.
I’ve been wearing compression socks, stretching and foam rolling them but for 1.5 days they’ve felt like throbbing bricks (if you can imagine such a concept). Ugh. I’m amazed it never even occurred to me that perhaps it’d be wiser to step down and not bounce.
Last night I went to Bikram at 8pm and afterwards I felt brand new. This morning, however, the calves are still sore. The right one is actually almost ok but the left one that I’ve had issues with for months is pretty.darn.stiff.and.painful.
So the price I pay for a fun 10 min WOD – no running and no Crossfit until next week at least. I am so glad that I have a pool membership and actually enjoy swimming now, it’s perfect for those times when I’ve been a bit enthusiastic with my other activities and need to recover.
I’m hoping I’m not the only person who gets injured by doing something that was a lot of fun at the time. Lesson learned. Now time to take it easy and heal.