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.
Icons like “Pukie the Clown” or “Uncle Rhahbdo” certainly demonstrate that we tend to poke fun at the potential hazards of intense training. It is true, we do tend to be a bit juvenile when you look at it from the outside; particularly when viewed with a scientific perspective.
Although, a workout sneaking up on you to the point that you hurl is generally rare, it does happen from time to time. I have had it happen to me (2011) and have seen it from a number of other folks over the years. I guess we could respond like a first time mother with “Oh dear baby, let’s never do that again!” Or what we do is check (You OK? Here is some water) and then celebrate the fact that a person worked hard! This is regardless of their time or score. We allow them to wear the accomplishment like a bit of a badge of honor by signing the “Pukie wall.”
Ok I admit it is a bit juvenile. But it is fun and honestly the biggest challenge to getting serious results for folks is making the hard work fun enough to want to do it again. I believe that the juvenile nature of the culture we have created does a pretty good job of that.