Thoughts on Crossfit? Amazing workout or Injury 101?

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    Aug 23, 2014 4:59 AM GMT
    A lot of guys are crazy about crossfit. I do my own workout regiment that has a lot of crossfit-like moves. What's the general opinion for the guys who's actually tried it?
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    Aug 23, 2014 5:32 AM GMT
    This topic has been discussed numerous times before. And it seems the consensus is, you either like it or you don't.

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  • madsexy

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    Aug 23, 2014 8:19 PM GMT
    icon_lol.gif Indeed - you either like it or don't though I think a lot of the naysayers haven't tried it either because they're afraid or incapable. I've been doing it most of this year first one day a week then two now three and we're trying to find more times that work for us and aren't too far for the other three days we work out. If my experience is any example since nobody has ever been hurt in my classes we're talking minute fractions of one percent propensity for injury at the very highest.

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    Aug 23, 2014 8:33 PM GMT
    Awesome. Less about "moves" and more about pushing through even though you are tired. I don't think people get more injured there than in other sports. If you are worried about injuries then you should look up what the most common injuries for the sport you are thinking about are and what you can do to avoid them.
    For crossfitters I think shoulder impingement and lower back pain is the most common. The lower back thing is the same as you see in powerlifters and weightlifters that don't brace abs enough. For shoulder's you might read someone clever like this girl: http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/why-do-i-keep-jacking-up-my-shoulder-a-crossfitters-dilemma
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    Aug 23, 2014 8:36 PM GMT
    All I can think of is that guy that snapped his back. Ugh. icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 24, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    Years ago before Crossfit during the height of the P90X fad I said I'd never do P90X because of the injury risk. And I never did.

    A month ago my sister told me that her husband went for the cost effectiveness of P90X over a gym membership, hurt himself despite his athletic background, and wound up spending thousands on doctors. His P90X dvd's now gathering dust.

    I've never done either, I'll never do either, and no able-bodied rhapsodizing Crossfitter who hasn't been injured - yet - will ever convince me to do otherwise.

    So yes, I won't even try it. But for some people I'm sure it's wonderful. Since you already do Crossfit type moves you'll probably like it so give it a try. But keep in mind that trainers and peers will be motivating you to do things at paces other than your own and try things you might not even consider and THAT'S where injuries happen.
  • scienceguy

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    Aug 24, 2014 1:40 AM GMT
    In Crossfit, you're always trying to do as much as you can, as fast as you can, which more easily leads to injuries. There isn't anything inherently wrong with their workouts, but you gotta be sure to never sacrifice proper form for a higher count.

    Personally, I don't bother with it.
  • rozarsmacco

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    Aug 24, 2014 6:04 AM GMT
    not my thing. you start to overcompensate when you fatigue, and that increases risk of injury. but the people who do it are fit as hell
  • sportsjockla

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    Aug 24, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    Injury! Many people think that if they don't beat the crap out of their body's they're not getting a good workout.

    Crossfit takes the body past the threshold of safety.

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    Aug 24, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
    From my experience it is definitely a good test of endurance and a huge cardio burn. The members of crossfit gym I visited here, had a cult-like fervor about it, which was a HUGE turn off for me.

    I mainly wasn't particularly fond of the marathon workouts. The WOD's are epic compared to my get-in and get-out approach.

    To each its own however. I see it as a great workout, just not for me.
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    Aug 24, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    CrossFit is a fad that will eventually go the way of Jazzercize and P90X. Wait, P90X is still around? Well fuck.

    Before I rip CrossFit to shreds I want to say that yes, I know it can be a great work out, and yes, I'm sure your uncle Kevin lost 30 pounds of fat and gained some muscle and attributes it all to CrossFit. Done properly, I'm sure CrossFit can be beneficial. However, it could never be as beneficial as a typical normal training program at a usual gym. But that's a debate for another time.

    The important thing is that CrossFit is definitely Injury Zone with absurdly large quantities of injury reports in comparison to a typical gym. And there's a very good reason for this. Back when I was thinking about various types of personal training I might want to provide I looked into CrossFit and found out (at least at the time) that the ONLY think required to get a certification as a CrossFit trainer was to pay for and attend one 6 hour class. You don't even need to demonstrate proficiency (or at least you didn't about five years ago when I was looking into it). That's insane. Any moron could pay the fee and attend the class and not even really be paying attention and suddenly be qualified to teach very dangerous and injury-prone exercises...?
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    Aug 24, 2014 8:31 PM GMT
    My only regret is that I didn't hop on the Crossfit money train. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 24, 2014 10:48 PM GMT
    thenes saidCrossFit is a fad that will eventually go the way of Jazzercize and P90X. Wait, P90X is still around? Well fuck.

    I'm sure my brother-in-law didn't pay full price. He probably got it at a garage sale.
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    Aug 24, 2014 10:50 PM GMT
    xrichx saidMy only regret is that I didn't hop on the Crossfit money train. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 24, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    thenes saidCrossFit is a fad that will eventually go the way of Jazzercize and P90X. Wait, P90X is still around? Well fuck.

    I'm sure my brother-in-law didn't pay full price. He probably got it at a garage sale.

    Also, you can find it on YouTube. icon_lol.gif
  • RaggedyMan

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    Aug 25, 2014 4:19 AM GMT
    thenes saidCrossFit is a fad that will eventually go the way of Jazzercize and P90X. Wait, P90X is still around? Well fuck.

    Before I rip CrossFit to shreds I want to say that yes, I know it can be a great work out, and yes, I'm sure your uncle Kevin lost 30 pounds of fat and gained some muscle and attributes it all to CrossFit. Done properly, I'm sure CrossFit can be beneficial. However, it could never be as beneficial as a typical normal training program at a usual gym. But that's a debate for another time.

    The important thing is that CrossFit is definitely Injury Zone with absurdly large quantities of injury reports in comparison to a typical gym. And there's a very good reason for this. Back when I was thinking about various types of personal training I might want to provide I looked into CrossFit and found out (at least at the time) that the ONLY think required to get a certification as a CrossFit trainer was to pay for and attend one 6 hour class. You don't even need to demonstrate proficiency (or at least you didn't about five years ago when I was looking into it). That's insane. Any moron could pay the fee and attend the class and not even really be paying attention and suddenly be qualified to teach very dangerous and injury-prone exercises...?

    thats your argument?
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    Aug 26, 2014 3:20 PM GMT
    Seems like a valid argument to me, if the debate is whether or not it leads to injuries. If the person teaching it doesn't know how to do it, and need not even be proficient themselves, I would think this would tend to lead to injuries.

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