This’ll be the last time I write about this, I promise…..
Like I said, I do not intend to dismiss all CrossFit trainers and gyms. Maybe you found a good one, and that’s great! And I admitted that going to YouTube was a cheap shot but the thing is that it’s not just the failures that are somewhat poor in form but many of the proclaimed successes as well. Beyond that, though, it’s just the growing evidence, both anecdotal and statistical, about very unfortunate rates of injury in CrossFit training.
Most recently a CrossFit star suffered a truly catastrophic injury to his spine and currently has no feeling below his waist. Surely accidents do happen, but due to the nature of CrossFit training and especially competitive CrossFit this was actually an accident waiting to happen. In that linked-to post, aside from a its notes on muscle groups, rest, and training vs. competition, I think this brief point shouldn’t be overlooked:
Combining these three movements with a heavy load, the Snatch was being performed at a 3 Rep Max, will not build, or test, strength as the name of the WOD would imply, instead testing muscular endurance and sheer will power and mental fortitude.
To test strength, one would have to allow the muscle to completely repair itself between lifts, ala Olympic or Power lifting.
In other words, what CrossFit is testing via competition is not strength but sheer willpower ignorant (too often to a dangerous degree) of one’s own limitations and abilities. Now again, there is a time and a place for this type of training and there is a way to do it. When it comes to strength and endurance training especially competition with oneself is important to reaching new goals. As cliché as it sounds you truly do need to fight yourself in training if you expect to have the best chance to beat your opponent in whatever competition you’re heading into. However, putting strength and conditioning building itself into a cult-like, uncritical, and competitive-with-others sense seems to bring about a somewhat dangerous atmosphere for those training. Also, beyond the sense of recovery, what CrossFit does not emphasize is owning movements so as not to just prevent immediate injury, but problems that one might see down the road. If you want “evidence” I would recommend checking out strength trainers who have spent an exhausting amount of time developing safe, fantastic, and most importantly functional strength and endurance training like Dr. Mark Cheng and Kenneth Jay and what they have to say, especially the concept of Grease-The-Groove (basically: Only do good reps, if you feel yourself doing an unclean or bad rep, you are done with that set. Period.) These guys are the scientists I most respect right now when it comes to this topic. And they practice what they preach and it shows not just in themselves but in their clients. You won’t see them talking about CrossFit particularly, but you’ll notice how greatly the attitude of their programs differ from CrossFit.
And finally, the saddest aspect of CrossFit is that these problems do exist but unlike so many other sports which, of course, also have their problems and dangers, in CrossFit there seems to be a steadfast refusal to address them and change in order to become something so much better. This is what I meant in my other post about what can backfire about the encouraging community aspect of CrossFit, it too often devolves into blind adherence to a brand-name rather than serious inspection in to health and fitness.
He neither wrote them down nor committed them to memory but rather forgot them completely. Then, in facing real situations, he acted on impulse and the things that he had learned became wisdom of his own.
I want to congratulate my boy Hungryghoast for his new (???) position at City Wing Tsun. It’s fantastic and he deserves it. You should go have him teach you how to be a better person and how to better kick someone’s ass.
You know that shit is serious if he came back to facebook for it. Good god damn.
Yo, damn, thanks KDA!
yeah, I’ll probably not plug this too much around these parts, but if you want to you can <BRANDING>LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK</BRANDING> or harass me on facebook or whatever it is you do.
I’ve been pushing towards this over the years always seemed like a distant goal to actually be a recognized Wing Tsun instructor but I just kept at it and things came together and now if you want you can come to our school in MidTown and I’d be really happy to teach you. We have this photo of Grandmaster Ip Man up demonstrating a technique on the wodden dummy and I dunno how long I’ve been looking at this photo and finally last week I began to learn that portion of the dummy and just had this humbling moment thinking of the lineage of teachers that lead to me being able to learn this and now hopefully being able to someday teach it to many more….
I told him how I think fencing’s one of the illest contact sports. Sometimes we watch it on YouTube and you see motherfuckers getting hit; shit be going through their arms, popping out, you know what I mean? You have to be tough to really fuck with it.
I sure do miss fencing sometimes. I know my Sifu has been known to do his morning training to some Wu Tang and now I have Biu Tze connected to Liquid Swords in my mind.