One size doesn’t fit all

I was telling everyone at work about my “AH HA!” moment in the shower the other day.

I was thinking about our gym, Crossfit and personal training when I thought….

“Would you go to a doctor that prescribes the same thing to cure all of his patients? NO! So why would you go to a gym that does?!?”

I like Crossfit for a number of reasons, BUT some of the people doing it really shouldn’t be doing it.

Sorry but that is the cold hard truth.

Crossfit is one prescription for a whole bunch of problems and frankly that just doesn’t work.

I usually don’t say anything negative about Crossfit because I do like the movement and a lot of what it stands for.

But it shouldn’t ever have become mainstream.

I’m sorry. Lifting “heavy” is for everyone, but as I’ve said before “heavy” is so very relative.

While I love the variety of Crossfit, a lot of the people doing the workouts SHOULD NOT be doing the moves they are doing. Can they be learning snatches?

YES. But they should be learning proper form and progressing in a fashion that allows their bodies to adapt to the loads.

Unfortunately this doesn’t happen at many Crossfit gyms (which gives the ones that do do this a bad name).

Crossfit is also all about pushing the body past the point of failure.

Which I love.

But the average person doesn’t have the same understanding of their body that athletes and advanced/experienced lifters do.

I know when my form breaks down. I know how far I can push my body past that point of absolute fatigue without risking injury.

Many of the people doing the heavy Crossfit lifts don’t.

I mean, “Do you?” Can you tell when your form breaks down? Do you know which muscles are compensating and how much they can handle? Do you know that your body is prepared to handle the loads placed on it?

If you can’t answer yes to those questions, you shouldn’t be using a heavy weight till failure. You shouldn’t be doing many of the Crossfit workouts.

Sorry.

I guess what it comes down to for me is that Crossfit is a sport – A sport MEANT for elite athletes.

I know many of you will disagree with me, but before you start ranting and potentially leaving comments just take a second to think about what I’m saying.

One size doesn’t fit all.

Is Crossfit really getting you toward your goals?

Or is this another one of those things that people do because it is popular right now, but eventually get injured/tired/bored or don’t reach their goals so they give up?

Is Crossfit really the right program for you?

It may be super cool and “bad-ass” right now, but in the long run, is it the right prescription for YOU?

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Posted on August 21, 2012, in Benefits of doing "man" exercises, Conventional Wisdom - How I hate you, Man Biceps, Uhm? and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I think I have a really great Crossfit box, and I’ve gravitated toward the coaches that are really serious about form. I’ve also injured myself a few times, which has made me much more cautious. I think a lot of your points are right, on the one hand, but on the other hand, as a smart, 33-year-old, with no major physical problems, Crossfit can work for me if I:

    1. Err on the side of scaling more, not less
    2. Work with coaches who pay a lot of attention and teach very good form. Work with coaches who want good form over heavy lifts.
    3. Learn from my injuries
    4. Do research on my own, don’t accept any one person’s word as gospel.
    5. Listen to my body over what anyone is telling me when in dangerous situations (like under the bar for a back squat)

    I think what you say about Crossfit has a lot of merit, but on the other hand, I haven’t been this excited about exercise since I was on my high school swim team. I look forward to it every day, and I’m getting strong and fit in a hurry. There’s no way to ramp into Crossfit without doing some version of Crossfit, and I’m glad I found a place where I can get into it fairly safely.

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