CROSSFIT IS DANGEROUS – PART 1posted August 23
We hear it from friends, the internet, and internet friends – CrossFit is dangerous. Your first reaction is probably “Eff that, they don’t know what they’re talking about.” Well, how can you argue against that if people continue to get injured from it?
Most onlookers are demonizing CrossFit because it is implemented poorly. Bad/No coaching, focusing on speed over movement, or an unstructured approach to programming (all of which are absolutely an epidemic these days). Hopefully folks will start realizing there’s a difference between working out at CrossFit gym and competing in the SPORT of CrossFit. And by ‘folks’ I mean both the onlookers as well as box members.
In my opinion, the “Sport of Fitness” continues to produce dumber and dumber workouts and competition events. And by ‘dumber’ I simply mean they’re either not an accurate evaluation of ability, or they’re doing more harm than good to one’s training program. For example: Including a near-maximal lift in the middle of a conditioning workout, or a hero wod that drastically fatigues certain movement patterns causing inevitable breakdown in form.
But you have to treat it for what it is – a sport. You would never tell someone to strap on pads and helmet because playing football is good for your health. High intensity training that combines elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, and endurance athletics certainly has its place for housewives AND pro athletes…when used correctly, and for different reasons. Obviously the programming and volume needs to be different for these two demographics.
Now, the idea of Testing days versus Training days is not revolutionary. Most days will be training days. Competitions and staggered sessions will be testing days. What are you trying to accomplish that particular day with that particular workout? To get better at pull ups? A bunch of sloppy kipping and throwing your chin over the bar to just barely prevent a no-rep is sending you in the wrong direction. To improve your snatch? Doing “Isabel” with 30 pressed-out, butt-raised, in-your-toes reps is sending you in the wrong direction. BETTER, not FASTER reps will prepare you far better for your testing days (and competitions, if you’re into that sort of thing).
High level CrossFit competitors put their bodies through the ringer, keep optimum health as a second priority, and often sacrifice solid form during events in order to edge out the athlete next to them. If that’s where you want to be, go for it. Competitions are fun and rewarding. But if you’re simply looking to get in a solid workout and look better naked, be smart about your limitations. And hopefully your coaches are, too.
- Coach Elliott
Stay tuned for next week: Part 2. AKA “Help Me Help You”
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