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Dangers of cross-fitting?


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http://www.murphyfitness.com/blog/crossfit-re view-strain-training

 

I'm not a fan of blogs as factual evidence of anything, but I definitely have to agree with the points made

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*high five*

I knew there was a reason I was so weary of crossfit. I had a friend do crossfit (tall, skinny, lanky, spends all day in a cubicle, typical 'nerd', etc) and surprise surprise, he ended up injuring himself because he didn't have enough...stability muscles or, I suppose, a baseline of strength/flexibility/coordination to do kipping pullups properly.

I don't even know what the point of kipping pullups are, they just seem like fertile ground for an injury.

This horse has been dead for years.

Original Post by floggingsully:

This horse has been dead for years.

Interesting observation, since more people do cross-fit now than ever before and the numbers are only growing.

I do a very toned down version of crossfit.  I don't do a lot if any of the heavy lifting stuff as I have my own program for that.  I do however do burpees, kettlebell swings - I will sometimes do some of the easier workout of the days taht don't involve running (I have shin splints and running hurts!) I do the rowing, wall balls ( I love wall balls) and will do assisted pull ups/ chin ups.

In the Female body Breakthrough I started doing box jumps and was pretty good at them then noticed the foot pain issue and learned that box jumps cause tendonitis so don't do them anymore.

There are many exercises done in crossfit that are great lifts, great metabolic work and stuff.  In the next phase of NROL4Abs I'll be doing farmer walks which are in crossfit too.

I love to watch the workouts of the day and follow the crossfit blogs and always said someday maybe when I'm 60 I'll actually compete in a game ( cause they are really easy on us old ladies for weights, and what you have to do) 

Like the article says the lifting "for time" is where the problems reside.  Me I lift slow and steady and when I watch people at the gym using momentum and their form sucks I just shake my head and wonder how soon before they are out due to a torn shoulder joint

I do Crossfit exercises several times a week for a few years now and have zero injuries. The quality of your trainer counts. I also know when to stop, slow down or if I'm using incorrect form. If I don't catch it, my trainer will tell me. So, the workout is only as good as your trainer's observation. Bob & Jillian just aren't good trainers.

Original Post by dbackerfan:

In the Female body Breakthrough I started doing box jumps and was pretty good at them then noticed the foot pain issue and learned that box jumps cause tendonitis so don't do them anymore.

Plyometrics in general can cause tendinitis. Box jumps specifically can cause Achilles tendon rupture.

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Original Post by dbackerfan:

In the Female body Breakthrough I started doing box jumps and was pretty good at them then noticed the foot pain issue and learned that box jumps cause tendonitis so don't do them anymore.

Plyometrics in general can cause tendinitis. Box jumps specifically can cause Achilles tendon rupture.

what ever it was it hurt like hell and still have issues every once in awhile with a sharp stabbing pains and twinges - I loved box jumps and loved being able to jump that high ( I used the 24" box) but alas I think it's age issue as well

Original Post by floggingsully:

This horse has been dead for years.

I'm amazed that you, of all people, would object to flogging a dead horse.

I think the main problem with crossfit is how easy it is to become a crossfit trainer. I can do a lot of lifts, but it doesn't mean I have any business supervising a fitness class. Crossfit has e same problem that yoga has. Some instructors are great and others have too much ego. They see their clients ability as a reflection of their work. Instead of trying to help their clients progress to the best of their ability, which means that some people may never be at the elite level, but everyone has room to improve, they push people too hard too fast, and sometimes cause permanent injury to the client. Of course not all trainers/yoga instructors are like this, but it is a big problem.

Agreed. Same way I feel about nutritionists.

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I think that crossfit style training scaled to the individual's ability to complete the exercises with good form is appropriate and I do that style of training with my personal trainer.
Original Post by armandounc:

http://www.murphyfitness.com/blog/crossfit-re view-strain-training

 

I'm not a fan of blogs as factual evidence of anything, but I definitely have to agree with the points made

When bashing crossfit, it is mandatory to post pictures of hot chicks/couch

Original Post by michaelduff:

When bashing crossfit, it is mandatory to post pictures of hot chicks/couch

post pictures of hot couches eh? 

does this couch turn you on...

http://boingboing.net/2008/05/19/space-age-st yle-car.html

I don't do cross-fitt, but it seems to go hand-in-hand with the bacon-eating Paleo promoters.. which I don't agree with. 

I'm all for certain aspects of Paleo, eat natural foods, move a lot... but I draw the line at touting bacon and sausage as part of a normal diet. 

Bacon is part of my normal diet.  But so are a lot of other things that the Paleos wouldn't like.

Crossfit isn't for me, because I don't do well in a group setting. I have too many knee/back/shoulder/neck issues to risk the "speed over form" mentality that some CFs have, and I know I'd feel the need to compete with others, when what I should be doing is competing against myself.

I think that some of the best "strong women lifting heavy" videos have come out of CF, but I would bet that the women in those videos aren't training like the average CF member is.

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I think that some of the best "strong women lifting heavy" videos have come out of CF, but I would bet that the women in those videos aren't training like the average CF member is.

My favorite one to post in response to the bulky fear :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHC6JOB0Ne0

The guy who owns the gyms I go to owned a CF in California and trained with this woman.  I so want to do that someday!!!

I've been doing CF exclusively for 6 weeks now, and it IS dangerous. Our trainer is decent, he knows the lifts. But he is ok with people being sloppy. The only excuse for this is everyone uses light weight. I mean very light.

I feel a little bad for the trainers, especially mine. His class is during duty hours, so most trainees are, to be blunt, lazy dependants that heard CF is THE workout to get in shape and that's why they're doing it. IMO, to do CF you need a "base." Just like marathoners need their "base" mileage.

The majority of injuries probably are the trainers fault for "encouraging" people to go heavier, faster. But I'm a big believer in personal responsibility too, so I'll say there's a lot of morons out there who know they're not strong enough or in shape enough to slow down and/or use less weight. The trainer is there to guide you, not babysit you. As such, you don't have to listen to them if they say go heavier. (I know 90% of America will disagree with me on that, whatevs)

Totally agree it's too easy to get CF certification too. That's where some blame comes on CF as a company and the trainers.

Conclusion, I don't suggest to anyone to do CF. I'm only doing it because I have 3 weeks left before I move to another country. Then I'll resume a normal strength routine and running. CF was just...convenient for my PT, after returning from deployment 6wks ago.

PS- This has been bugging the hell out of me. CrossFit is CrossFit. There are no "CrossFit exercises." All those exercises were discovered before CrossFit. Just because one is doing a metabolic workout, that doesn't make it a CrossFit workout. That's like saying circuit training is CrossFit. It's not.

When I say Crossfit exercises, I mean that I don't go to a CF facility and do WODs. Rather, I go to small group classes where the workouts are inspired by CF WODs. Does that make sense?
Original Post by cellophane_star:

When I say Crossfit exercises, I mean that I don't go to a CF facility and do WODs. Rather, I go to small group classes where the workouts are inspired by CF WODs. Does that make sense?

This is me too.  I also go to the WOD and sometimes I'll try to do some of the workouts sometimes I say no way can I do that.

I used to go to a class that used a lot of the WOD type things as well.  I just now mostly do these on my own. 

 

Original Post by cellophane_star:

When I say Crossfit exercises, I mean that I don't go to a CF facility and do WODs. Rather, I go to small group classes where the workouts are inspired by CF WODs. Does that make sense?

No it doesn't (but not that I care).

Crossfit is a "TM"... you are just doing metabolic conditioning circuits which have been around for decades.  Crossfit didn't invent them, they just put a clock on them and trademarked it.

And bitchin' about crossfit is lame... go to the couch thread at IGX and play with the big boys (but feel free to post hot chicks anywhere you damn please).

 

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