If you’re familiar with CrossFit, then I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with Rhabdo, or Rhabdomyolysis. If you’re new to CrossFit, you really should educate yourself on the subject.
Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle fibers that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream. Myoglobin is harmful to the kidney and often causes kidney damage. Basically, your body poisons itself. If you are unaware you have it, or you think you are just sore from last nights workout, the result could be deadly.There is so made hater-ade on CrossFit in general, but Rhabdo seems to be the most popular subject. Yes, more cases have popped up since CrossFit, but there are thousands of athletes that don’t listen to their bodies when it’s throwing red flags all over the place. Take your time and don’t get all crazy trying to keep up with the people who have been doing this for a while.
I’m actually writing this because last Wednesday my best friend was admitted to the hospital with Rhabdo. I never in my life thought I’d see Rhabdo let alone have my best friend hospitalized for 5 days. Thank GOD she is going to be fine, but it was really scary at first.
After days without sleep, needles pricking, and blood being taken, she headed home on Sunday. It will probably be a while before she can workout like she was. I’m just so thankful that she is going to be fine. She had no idea what Rhabdo even was. She had played volleyball and basketball all throughout high school and it never happened to her then, so she didn’t even think twice.
Whenever you start a new workout program, whether it be CrossFit or a YMCA class, you really need to listen and pay attention to your body. Don’t forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Do your research, you can hurt yourself. It’s not a joke.