Ok, give me the low down on Cross Fit. What I've seen, heard, and read about I would never support!
I also took The Science and Application of Metabolic Training course by Fraser Quelch at Idea Fit last year. He had nothing good to say concerning Cross Fit. However, I just noticed that Idea Fit has it listed as a cert to post on ones profile? Whats your take on it folks, I've got mine, and would like more info as it seems to be coming into my area!
I know this may sound silly but with the professionalism of the CrossFit instructor of CrossFit Bismarck I personally would be in worse hands in a distracted water aerobics instructor's class because of my abilities in the water and because of the care this instructor takes of his cross fitters.
I tried CrossFit for one month to say I did it - it does not fit in my schedule so I am not a true cross fitter. However I do believe there are some great instructors out there.
I love the idea of occasional timed challenges or amraps as referred to as crossfits.
Just my two cents I do understand where the arguments against come in - I just wish everyone knew not all CrossFit instructors are horrible. Just not like all trainers or all (insert any profession here) are horrible. I also understand the concerns with the program as a whole and for that I do not wish to discuss :)
I think that any certification that requires a two-day camp and a 50 question multiple choice test where all of the answers come straight from the book and at a cost of 1000 dollars should be questioned, regardless.
I would have more respect for the certification if there were some requirements for the instructors (I.E. PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATION!)
Perhaps someone could point us out to some reliable information on Crossfit and the certification process?
Many fitness pros don't want to touch the subject as it can be controversial on many levels.
My opinion can be found in my answers on Fitness Connect.
What is your opinion?
My opinion? I don't agree with what I've seen and heard considering Cross Fit. It would not be allowed in my studio. Excuse my question if it had been asked already, I didn't realize there had been many discussions. The subject matter was brought to my attention recently on my Facebook business page, and a couple of their trainers are now in my area. Its nice to see the related questions and answers, I'll take a look!
Crossfit= high weight, high reps for time. Very advanced forms of lifting as well, centered around Olympic and bodyweight.
Terrible idea when either the instructor is bad (extreme cases) or the clients are uncontitioned (most clients).
However, with a progressive approach or clients who are already experienced athletes, crossfit can be a good way to change a workout and set new goals.
There are good and bad aspects to Crossfit in my opinion. Many of the reasons have been noted here by Bryant and Thea. I think trainers need to be a little more open minded to things like Crossfit. As a trainer you may be approached by people who want to do a Crossfit style program. This is your opportunity to teach them the proper mechanics for learning these movements. You can give them a Crossfit type workout that suits their current level. It is your responsibility to teach and explain to your client what has to be mastered in order to do certain movements.
As a fitness professional, ask yourself why you are being negative towards a certain protocol of training. Have you actually studied it, researched it, applied it and can honestly say that it is bad? Could it be that your opinion is biased because you fear what you are not able to do? If you don't feel qualified to teach the movements, then you refer them to someone who can. I think they will appreciate your honesty.