Mike Boyle and Gray Cook on Crossfit

This is an old StrengthCoach Podcast interview that Gray and I did sharing our opinions about Crossfit. Three years ago when it was recorded it generated quite a controversy. The great responses to the last two posts, Confessions of a Crossfit Coach, makes me think there might be some interest in this. Do me a favor. Please don’t waste time telling me how much you hate me if you are a die hard Crossfitter. You can go add to the really long thread on the Crossfit site written by all the other people who hate me.

StrengthCoach Podcast Episode 19.5- Gray Cook and Michael Boyle discuss Crossfit





8 Responses to “Mike Boyle and Gray Cook on Crossfit”

  1. Mike,
    Any chance you could re up that podcast? Im getting:
    “The information you requested could not be retrieved. File not found.”


  2. mboyle1959 Says:

    Keep us posted.

  3. Brian Lloyd Says:

    I have recently (last week) been hired as the fitness consultant and strength coach of a local Boxing club. At the interview the president of the facility told me that twice a week, a Crossfit trainer comes in to train the Boxers, and that she was happy with what she saw. I went into the club to observe this activity. I could not beleive what I was seeing. I have been strength training for 45 years, in that time I have trained in facilities in many countries, all over Europe, the West Indies, New Zealand and Australia. In all that time I have never witenessed a system of training that takes the athlete (Not weekend warriors) to failure and then some. Half the Boxers had poor lifting techniques to begin with, half way through the session I had to leave, or try and put a stop to what I was seeing. That would have been dificult since everyone was into it. When I got home I fired off an email quoting some of the top people in the fitness industry and their opinions on Crossfit training:
    Dr. Stuart McGill, Michael Boyle, Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson, Gray Cook etc. I simply stated that, it was my responsibility to ensure her athletes would get the appropriate sport specific training -SAFE TRAINING being the most important ingredient. I’m waiting for a response, either I will get my marching orders, or, hopfully my experience and qualifications, and above all COMMON SENSE will win the day.
    I’ll let you know what happens
    Brian Lloyd

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  6. mboyle1959 Says:

    Thanks Bryan. My concerns have not changed much. The only good thing is that the rapid spread of Crossfit may lead to a rapid failure rate also. They have no restrictions on location, competition etc. so many are doomed to fail because of proximity to each other.

  7. Bryan Newton Says:

    Thank you for re-sharing this podcast. I am new to your site and probably would have never found it. I have spent a fair amount of time on the Crossfit website. Seems to me that the culture is as much of a liability as it is an asset. It may not have been true three years ago, but there seems to be plenty of information on following a progression appropriate to the individual and the need to spend time on improving technical correctness. The concern I have is relying on the common sense of the user to slow down long enough to understand the progressions and being willing to invest the time to get at least a reasonable measure of technical proficiency. Thanks again for sharing this info.

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