I have tried crossfit for a year. I did it with my college rugby team.
Its great for maybe 2% of the population.
It is not good for athletes- when will a sprinter, football player or bball player have to perform 100 squat thrusts?
Its not good for most people who are deconditioned, overweight, or new to workouts. Olympic lifts/ body weight exercises are already hard, let alone for anyone without neuromuscular control for time.
It is good for fighters, it fatigues the whole body while aiding in overall performance enhancement for a specific body weight.
Possibly OK for military, firefighters, police. They need an easy approach for mass numbers of people who rely specifically on body performance.
One thing that is a complete lie is that crossfit causes hypertrophy (enlargement of the muscles). Size is an adaptation to where a human body pushes beyond what it normally is capable of – only acquired with heavy weight. The best, most fit crossfitters are all in amazing shape- for their size. They’re all lean and strong, but you wont find a football player sized person among them. They will not be able to lift the percentage to body weight other athletes can do.
The one thing I truly think crossfit has going for itself is the mentality and community. Yes, there are bad points of bad trainers/ people who don’t know what they’re doing egging others into injury, but few other fitness models get large numbers of people together and really try hard.
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.
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.