I saw it a little while ago and found it disturbing on many levels. I can almost forgive the cheering onlookers, as they may be clients themselves and may not be aware of the serious risks involved in what is taking place.
The trainers or “coaches” actions are reprehensible. My personal feelings for Crossfit aside (I believe there are pros and cons), this video is a perfect reminder that “certified” does NOT necessarily mean “qualified.”
Any trainer, Crossfit or other, that stands around and watches or encourages technique like in the video should seriously re-evaluate their career choice.
I just hope nobody in the video, on or off-camera, was injured.
I found it apalling. I cringed and could not make it through this entire video. Whate are these people thinking (trainers and participants)?
I agree with Susan this is not a fitness program, it is more of a sport.
If this is how it is run . . . and trainers stand by. . . the program needs to be assessed if it is to continue and strict guidelines, proper education, and accountability should be implemented for trainers and its participants.
Crossfit just scares me- between the preaching of high intensity for SIX DAYS A WEEK and then, the inexperienced “strength coaches” I just say no. I get a lot flack for it too working in an Army gym, but I just keep saying it’s not a safe program and I can’t endorse it being done.
Crossfit has been sued before for their structure and their answer is always the same “it was someone who isn’t fully accredited with their program”. Yet, they only train people for a weekend to run their “program” what are they expecting?
Lastly, any program that has to preach that it DOES NOT cause Rhabdoacidosis (which they cutely nick-named “Uncle Rhabdo”) needs some serious second inspections. Then, add in the overuse injuries from working out 6 days in a row or the serious consequences of not being fully recovered before doing Olympic lifts or jumping plyo boxes (seen a few broken backs here on post due to this). I will never drink this kool-aid.
Yup, was more amazed how many people in the background were shouting encouragement to these people and how the people kept attempting. A club manager in my gym puts people through these workouts, he thinks it is cool, but he just goes to the websites, mimics what he sees and puts some people through workouts. I see some guys about to pass out, no regard for their safety.