Annie Thorisdottir: The Road Back To Recovery

Posted on 2nd October by Jessica Chang. No Comments

Being injured sucks.

The road back to recovery is long and takes a lot of patience.
I myself have been injured for 2 months with a back injury and am just now starting to get back into working out.

When I say “working out”, what I really mean is scaling weights way down, humbling ones self to just body weight movements and using no weight on the bar. The road back will be long and hard.

I have to keep reminding myself that this is a good thing because now I can just concentrate on proper form and breathing. (Lord knows we all could benefit from working on these things.)

I also tell myself that I will only benefit from this and come back a stronger athlete. To try to stay positive during this road to recovery, it’s helpful to turn to others for inspiration.

If anyone knows anything about being injured, it’s Annie Thorisdottir, Crossfit Games Champ two years in a row in 2011 and 2012. She suffered a back injury a couple weeks before the 2013 Crossfit Games.

As any intelligent athlete would do, she listened to logic, thoughts of long term self-preservation instead of living for just the here and now, and dropped out of competing for her 3rd Games Title.

Annie decided to take this unfortunate injury and turn it into a positive opportunity to inspire and motivate those in a similar situation. With almost 60K Likes on Facebook, she has a big enough audience to influence people for the good.

She has posted a 5-part video series called, “My Way Back”.

Knowing not all back injuries are the same and that you should refer to a doctor about any injury, the videos share what exercises she is doing that can help strengthen the back and core. Like Scott’s last post on Lower Cross Syndrome, both are equally important to strengthen if there is an imbalance or injury to one side.

Thanks for the insights, Annie! Good luck in your future endeavors! Hopefully we’ll see you competing soon!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5




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