Too Funny Not To Post- The Problems with Crossfit


I know people will see me as just another Crossfit hater but this was too funny to pass up. A lot of you will laugh. A few of you will write nasty comments. Please note that there is bad language in the post. If the f word offends you, skip this. Thanks Jon Messner from StrengthCoach.com.

http://gawker.com/5928989/the-problems-with-crossfit

11 Responses to “Too Funny Not To Post- The Problems with Crossfit”

  1. Yeah, the lack of specificity of CrossFit really blows my mind. What is the quote they use ‘the sport of fitness’ or something along that lines. If my mom wanted to do CrossFit, I wouldn’t let her walk in the door. She isn’t fat, overweight or dramatically out of shape, but she can’t do, nor even needs what CrossFit offers, to achieve her goals. In regards to Cleans, something that is pretty technical, I would have a hard time justifying using this with older populations UNTIL they are very proficient and efficient in the mechanics and have the ROM to actually perform an unloaded one (I like the term ‘energy leaks’ as it is a good analoy for the lack of efficiency in movement…hell that should be CrossFits new name as I bet their older populations leak a ton of it!)

    I love deadlifts which have a very practical application to the real world movement of picking something off the ground. Though I admit I’m far from proficient in understanding olympic lifting, just from looking at them intuitively tells me that the majority of older populations probably shouldn’t be touching these lifts, unless they are already very fit. I guess the ‘sport of fitness’ would say I have a defeatist attitude about older folks and their abilities, but power production is the first thing to drop off from what I understand in older populations (starting with the hip extensor muscles). Somehow I don’t think they go through ROM screening, flexibility, glute function, etc in most CrossShit facilities…

  2. I think this works like this:

    cleans are good- everyone should do cleans intervals are good – everyone should do intervals

    very simplistic

    if I said- football is good- everyone should play football, would that be crazy. Should soccer moms pay football? Grandma’s?

    How about if said football is good. MMA is good. Would it be better if we combined MMA and football?

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  3. I believe ‘the biggest loser’ is ‘changing lives’ as well. Constructive criticism is healthy. There is a reason CrossFit is torn apart so easily. It wasn’t until I actually started studying personal training in school did I realize how ridiculous CrossFit is, as it pretty much goes against everything you are taught about training to begin with.

  4. Sorry John. People love to read these. They a get twice as many views as anything else I post.

  5. You guys really need to get over talking shit about CF. It’s been around for almost 10 years now and it’s only getting bigger. You can talk about the negative aspects all you want. We will continue to change peoples lives and their perspective on fitness.

    You would all be much better off if you just focus your attention on running your business and not bad mouthing other peoples.

  6. I love group fitness. We have lots of adult groups but no high rep olympic lifts ( rarely olympic lifts with adults anyway), no puking, no record boards.

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  7. Love this article. what is your thoughts on group fitness in general mike? I still think it can be done right but is a huge challenge. Too many people need group setting in my opinion to stay motivated so I see more benefits than drawbacks. Doing cross shit stuff though is ridiculous in group settings. While the benefits are there in group training I think groups need to be small so everything can be scaled to individuals and identifying breakdown in form is much easier.

  8. Melanie Driscoll Says:

    It’s absolutely brilliant.

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