My knee dis­lo­cated and ev­ery lig­a­ment was shred­ded’

CROSSTHEM‘ OFF Bridges’s stretches will get you ready for the rigours of CrossFit

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Bridges, who placed sec­ond in the 2011 CrossFit Games (his first), has both. That’s not to say his CrossFit ca­reer has been all smooth – in 2012 he hor­rif­i­cally in­jured his knee while serv­ing as a Navy SEAL. ‘It was a freak ac­ci­dent,’ he says. ‘My knee dis­lo­cated and pretty much ev­ery lig­a­ment was shred­ded. I re­mem­ber look­ing down and see­ing my leg bent 45° the wrong way. It was gross.’

But for a man ca­pa­ble of push­ing him­self hard, it was just an­other ob­sta­cle he had to over­come. ‘Three days af­ter I did it I was in the hos­pi­tal gym,’ he says. ‘I was heav­ily med­i­cated and my heart was rac­ing be­cause my blood was a lit­tle thin. I re­mem­ber think­ing that I shouldn’t go too hard but I had to stay ac­tive to get on the road to re­cov­ery.’

The 2012 Games were a write-off, but he fin­ished sev­enth in 2013 and showed he was BRIDGES SAYS ‘Th­ese stretches will loosen up your whole body and en­sure you have full range of mo­tion through key joints and mus­cle groups. Ide­ally spend ten min­utes do­ing mo­bil­ity and dy­namic stretches be­fore your first work­ing set.’

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