I have seen both the good, bad, and the ugly when it comes to Cross Fit. I have personally concluded that the safety and effectiveness is determined by the experience and knowledge of the Cross Fit Personal Trainer and these trainers greatly vary in ability. Do you think the Cross Fit Certification is too lenient?
I don’t think it has anything to do with the their certification per se. There are many ACSM certified personal trainers doing questionable things as well.
The issue is with the industry in general. Being unregulated basically opens the door for anyone to do anything.
In this business, it’s up to the individual to educate themselves and implement a program that is based on knowledge, science, safety and sensible programing for the individual/group.
Cross fit is making millions of dollars, mostly based on their business model and the fact that they form social environments within their gyms. People gravitate towards it for the camaraderie and support they get from their peers which is compelling by the millions of dollars they are pulling in not to mention that Reebok is a sponsor.