Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

The Pros and Cons of Crossfit

I will admit right from the start that any judgments and opinions I have regarding crossfit are all made from someone who has never experienced Crossfit firsthand. Everything I know of it comes from what I have seen in photos, YouTube clips and commercials, as well as conversations with friends and teammates.

From what I understand, Crossfit is primarily strength and conditioning to the point of failure, or near failure. According to our dear friend Wikipedia, “Crossfit is a strength and conditioning brand that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting and rowing.”

The classes, again, according to Wikipedia, are about 10 to 20 minutes in length, and involve “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement.”

This in some respects can be beneficial, as Crossfit can be used to create a baseline for your level of fitness. Also, when you think about it, it’s a wonderful way to train for a possible impending zombie apocalypse, where one can imagine your survival is dependent on a series of explosive fits of sprinting, lifting, and bodyweight exercises such as pull ups.

What I am concerned about is this- Crossfit I feel is more beneficial as a supplemental training for an athlete, rather than the primary training for your average treadmill running, weekend warrior. Again, I am commenting as an outsider, but it sounds like there is little instruction and supplementary training to lay a solid foundation of good technique before everyone is pushed to failure. People have a tendency to sacrifice form for repetition, especially in a competitive setting, which can seriously injure a person.

It’s a lot like training “MMA” as opposed to training Jiu Jitsu, and then taking a Muay Thai class, then attempting to combine the two. When you build the solid foundations of each respective discipline, it may take a little longer in the beginning, but there is good solid technique that was developed in each respective discipline which will lead to a more effective blending later in training. When someone just trains “MMA” they don’t understand that blending, which more often than not leads to poor form, because there was no solid foundation of good technique to build from.

That’s is how I feel about Crossfit: what are your thoughts?

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