Not that a lot of programs aren’t guilty of this, but Cross Fit starts people off way too far ahead of the proper progression curve. I have watched their competitions on espn and some of the people competing don’t do squats and lunges, etc. correctly. No wonder so many of them have all kinds of k tape all over them. The only sound program starts people off with proper movement patterns and progresses from there. But I don’t know how many fitness instructors are doing that right now.
I know this is an old thread but could not read it without entering my input 🙂
I’m a CPT & Crossfit L1 trainer. I’m very lucky to coach at a gym where the priority is safety (attained by adhering to good form). We’ve had our share of mild injuries but what gym doesn’t! Each member completes a very through orientation course ( 4 wks 3x wk) before they can jump into the reg classes. they also have an assigned mentor coach who helps them with the transition. Our members range from 20 – 65 yoa and the movements are scaled to their ability. Everyone works at the same intensity but the variables are individual ( not a cookie cutter program).
As far as Rhabdo, this can happen in any environment with any level athlete if the conditions are there. Crossfit has actually a lowever incident rate than other modalities because coaches are educated on it and gauge their clients. I know alot of PT’s that don’t even know what it is.
I don’t want to write an editorial on the pros and cons of CF so I’ll end with this; there are risks in all fitness modalities however the key is teaching clients to maintain focus on safety and form while they challenge their bodies.
I remember when I was a competitive swimmer (over 20 years ago), our strength coaches had us perform a number of exercises as fast as we could do them. There were anywhere from 5 to 20 different exercises (Olymbic lifts were some of the moves) and with some running involved as well. Other times, we were combining swimming with other land exercises (such as pushups, sit-ups, burpees, pull-ups, rowing, etc.). It was great for us because it helped us with our overall conditioning, but we were competitive athletes and not novice athletes. The idea of Crossfit is not new, it just happened for someone like Greg Glassman to come along and trademark the name and make millions of $$. I agree with all of the anwsers that are posted in this topic. It can be a great workout if it is done correctly. I know many people who went to Crossfit classes and were injured. I believe it’s more of a competition contest than just simple fitness.