Why We Don’t WOD

I love this piece. I think it is well written and well thought out.

Try to take a few minutes ( it’s rather long) and be objective.

Why We Don’t WOD

10 Responses to “Why We Don’t WOD”

  1. Unfortunately CF has too much money, power and above all else marketing and PR skills to even let a little old death put a dent in their craziness. They’ll fade away eventually and some other ‘one size fits all’ approach to training will pop up. Sad, but I’m thinking more than likely true.

  2. mboyle1959 Says:

    I’m afraid he sets the tone for the whole culture. As I said, it will take a death to bring attention to the danger.

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  3. Nautilus Fitness centers may be gone, but the machines are still alive and kicking (though not always Nautilus brand). I guess I was just trying to say the ideas and concepts have been around forever, and provide safety in a world of unfamiliarity (elliptical easy, squatting/ deadlifting, etc. = intimidating). CF will eventually fade away but I imagine something new and sexy will pop up. Boring but effective isn’t in for lay people; sexy, and fast is.

    ps – Glassman is an asshole. I tried to give CF a change but I don’t see the silver lining. Read an interview he did for Esquire magazine, and the guy is a pompous dick that just doesn’t seem to care that people get injured and will go a step further and make money off of it (captain pukey..or whatever it is called).

    I like to think he is the exception and not the rule though.

  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    Brent- I’m not sure i agree with you. Nautilus is out of business. At one point ( 1980’s) they had thousands of Nautilus Fitness Centers. I believe presently they no longer exist. Curves was one of the fastest growing franchises in the world. Most no longer exist. It’s cyclical and hopefully Crossfit fades away before someone dies.

  5. Mike – I should clarify and say the CF concept is here to stay. It will probably change in name over time, but the idea has been around for quite a long time, CF just figured out how to market it and make a shit ton of money doing it. Nautilus and the Curves concept are still alive and kicking so not sure what you mean by this.

    I think Robb Wolf said it best when he advised people who want to CF to find a CF facility that doesn’t do CF 🙂 So basically find a facility that assesses people and progresses them accordingly and borrows the concepts CF uses but actually understands how to implement them in a workout.

    People get bored, need something new and latch on to marketing claims, and sexy selling, even though the concept is still largely the same (i.e. Paleo is huge right now, and I imagine it will be for the foreseeable future even though many people have been eating like this. It will probably change, but the the core concept of what to eat will stay the same with slight variations as we evolve).

    People want sexy and new. The market will bring it any way it can. Just my 2 cents 🙂

  6. mboyle1959 Says:

    Brent- Nautilus was here to stay, and Curves was huge. Hopefully the truth sets you free.

  7. CF is here to stay unfortunately. In regards to injuries we live in a reactive world, not a proactive one. People wait for injuries to happen and then react to the situation not realizing what caused it to begin with. The long term effects of CF won’t show up for years in some people and it is easy then to explain it away and say it had nothing to do with CF. I’m reminded of the study of asymptomatic individuals with no back pain who had various spinal issues when they had x-rays done on them.

  8. Chris R Says:

    Good read, I think we will be finding more and more papers with this type of research popping up. While I agree with the article, it is going to take time to prove what most fitness pro’s already know. That if you want to achieve high results with controlled risk, Crossfit is not the way.

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