WOD 6/24/10 – Happy Birthday Jen!

Happy Birthday Jen!

4 Rounds for time:

8 MU’s

8 Thrusters

400m Run

Wish this girl Happy Birthday, or it’s 20 burpees!

We Love you Jen!  Thanks for being such a great leader here at Crossfit Maximus!

The Ultimate Pain Killer

Does suffering in a group make it easier? Dr. Steven M. Platek believes the camaraderie of CrossFit can get you through the nastiest WOD.

What does CrossFit have to do with pain?

Quite fascinatingly, our “feeling” of pain in the physical is tightly and neurologically linked to our feeling pain in the social realm (being excluded, ostracized, etc.). The kid who does not get picked for dodgeball experiences a sense of pain very similar to what he would feel if he were just kicked in the face with a dodgeball. Sure, some differences exist, but in both examples the neural alarm system would become activated. In the former case, all the pain is in the social neural alarm system, with little or no physical feelings of pain (although continued social exclusion can produce real physical symptomatology).

See, humans have been highly social critters during our evolutionary history. Our brains have evolved to be social. We like the feeling of team support, and when our support system is threatened, our brains respond using the same exact systems as those used when we are physically injured. This occurs in order to motivate us to get back into the group. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can reduce physical pain; camaraderie reduces social pain.

Let’s take this one step further: if physical pain and social pain systems are so tightly linked neurologically, then we might hypothesize that medicines which reduce physical pain ought to also reduce social pain. Indeed, new scientific evidence suggests certain painkillers, and variations in genetic susceptibility to painkillers, can make someone feel less upset about being excluded from a social situation. I think this is an amazing discovery!

Similarly, the thing that reduces social pain—camaraderie—might be able to reduce physical pain. Little scientific data supports this idea, but I think we see some evidence of this phenomenon every day in CrossFit in a highly cooperative, competitive, friendly and encouraging environment. Camaraderie, or being made to feel like you are part of a group that is supporting your goals, can make you push through a WOD or any challenge life throws at you.

27 thoughts on “WOD 6/24/10 – Happy Birthday Jen!

  1. Happy Birthday Jen!!! Your one of the reasons CFM is such an amazing place to come to everyday.

  2. Happy birthday to an all around great gal and amazing mommy!!! Hope you have a good one!

  3. Happy birthday Jen. Thanks for always bringing a great attitude and energy to crossfit. For those of you who dont know Jen was the stunt girl for Alyssa Milano in “Who’s the Boss”. True story.

  4. Great WOD. I used KBs for thrusters. 24:00. Thanks to Matt for the knees out cuing on squats and not blowing my head off :)

    1. At least I didn’t DNF (and I thought about it).

    2. We are organizing a fundraiser for Ling to defray the cost of the medical bills she incurred being squashed like a grape during Freeman’s “game”.

  5. Senior, congrats on finally digging out what happened to me. You are truly a role model of nosiness. ;-) I suggest we organize a send-Senior-to-nursery fundraiser.

    On a serious note, the rib pain is getting worse for some reason. Apparently the four rest days last week didn’t help at all. Badly Need some advice on how to actively recover!!! :-(

  6. Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes! It means so much to me to have such a great family at cfm! This was truly one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had! Love each of you and I am blessed to know you all!! :-)

  7. Ling it might just be cancer, I wouldn’t worry about it. This may be pay-back time for all of the mice you have gassed.

    If your injury is muscular, I would say roll on a lacrosse ball or foam roller. If it is an internal injury, I would just start drinking heavily and smoking cigarettes because the end is near.

  8. You bite, Senior? Then you are probably a vampire. Pls allow me to drain 1 cup of your blood. I really need it for speedy recovery! :-P