The background is that the viral video in question circulated FB and the web and was first sent to me from the west coast by Phil Snell (of myrehabexercise.com fame). Speaks volumes to tipping points that can be created with the internet when it was filmed less than a mile from one of my offices.
Below, a short clip, featuring yours truly, from our local news. I think they did a nice job presenting a balanced approach. I find it funny what they chose to use out of a 45 minute interview, but I agree with their conclusion that Crossfit should likely entered into with caution like training for a marathon rather than as a general exercise program.
A nice piece by Katherine Underwood: Crossfit Controversy
Points I wish made the video:
- We have a sedentary, obese society that needs to sit less and move more. By motivating people to get moving in some ways Crossfit has it right. They have also done well removing seated exercise machines and motivating people to perform a variety of more functional activities.
- Crossfit can be extremely fun, motivating and exciting. (This is one of their great achievements but it can also compromise judgment.)
- One of the main flaws in training is the value of quantity over quality.
- Big picture goals should be as follows: For athletes: Long Term Athletic Development. For adults: Long Term Athletic Participation.
- It is very easy to make exercise hard. Do more reps, add more weight, do it faster. It is very hard to make exercise challenging. This is where the exercise remains under control, but just on the edge of someone’s capabilities. The difference is HUGE. Challenge leads to adaptation and improvement. Exercising hard leads to injury and failure.
- Health care providers have a duty to at least “DO NO HARM”. Fitness trainers should adhere to this same concept.
- Professor Stuart McGill reminds us that, “There is no good or bad exercise” only ones that are inappropriately applied. Group exercise classes do not allow individualization which creates problems. In other forms of group training there are also problems, yoga, pilates, etc… however with these other forms of group training there is more of an environment that it is acceptable that an exercise or activity may not be for you and an encouragement to ‘listen to your body’. Crossfit adopts a mantra closer to ‘no pain, no gain’.
- Each person should be screened pre-participation. Screening should include cardiovascular assessment, but also a movement based assessment such as the FMS looking for movement limitations & common injury mechanisms. It is also essential that screening is implemented using corrective exercise and modification of the routine.
Some blog reviews: of Crossfit: