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.
First a quick question. What do the people, described in the list below, have in common? School teachers ranging in age from 23 to 59, two mothers of four, a police officer, a 55 year old ICU nurse, a couple of nursing students in their 20’s, a physical therapist, a recent marketing graduate and photographer, an optometrist, a highschool football coach, a cosmotologist, a volleyball coach, a plumbing supply saleman, a 46 year old entreprenuer and a pastor. Answer: They are normal people, in normal jobs, living normal lives, just like you. Except, they are also Continue reading →
Many of the uninitiated people of the world think that CrossFit is like P90X(r) or Insanity (r). Their are a few key differences that are critical. If you follow CrossFit FerVor or CrossFit.com you will see the workout of the day (WOD) freely posted on their website. So couldn’t you save the money of say a P90X and just do the prescribed WOD? Sure. In fact it would be a better and cheaper alternative to P90X or insanity.
But what are you missing? Continue reading →