Are CrossFitters juvenile?

As a box owner, I get forwarded a lot of the anti-CrossFit articles, etc. that are out there. Most focus in on YouTube videos of poorly trained athletes with poor mechanics are pushing themselves to perform at levels that they are not prepared for. Many aren’t even doing CrossFit.  Like the third lady (HERE) who is apparently participating in a power lifting event in this CrossFit Fail compilation.  CrossFit is just an easy target

Although, statistically you are less likely to suffer a serious injury than playing most contact sports (Reference:National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health). This syncs up with my anecdotal evidence. The majority of injuries I see with our athletes come from sport: basketball, volleyball, softball, etc. This makes some sense as in the gym environment the majority of factors and vectors are set and predictable. Whereas in sport shear forces on joints and contact with another object or person moving in unpredictable directions pose a greater opportunity for injury.

I am not the first, nor will I be the last (or the most eloquent) defender of CrossFit training efficacy, safety and efficiency. However, there is another criticism that we probably have earned.

That we are juvenile. Continue reading

No more vegetables, please!

“Eat your vegetables!” This was the advise of our mothers and grandmothers alike. Amazing what good advice it was. It is common knowledge that veggies are nutritionally dense yet sparse in calories, which it great if you are trying to lose excess weight or maintain a healthy weight as you age. Mathematically, it is nearly impossible to out work your diet.

However, much like it was when I was a kid there are times when it is difficult to consume enough vegetables and if you are eating “clean” or following a plan like Paleo or Primal where vegetables are your primary source of carbohydrates you may find it challenging to consume enough of them.

So what is a person to do? I have had success with folks Continue reading

Can CrossFit prepare you for an Ultra Marathon?

How many training hours or miles do you need to prepare for an Ultra-Marathon?  Well I just completed the Cowtown Ultra in Ft Worth, Texas.  I prepared using CrossFit and an occasional long run on Sunday.  In fact in the three months leading up to the Cowtown, I only Continue reading