Hey Guys…I am really really really sorry. Blogging is totally not on the front burner right now for me! I am so behind on reading, catching up and writing! I am even 3 posts behind on MY blog in google reader ;-O
I linked this on twitter yesterday but thought I would get a discussion going here. I know I have a few crossfit friends out there. Way early on in my blog I posted a topic about how crossfit could potentially be dangerous (it was actually a response to another blog post).
I hope this is not the type of encouragement going on at all Crossfit gyms? It would be unfair to generalize, since this took place at one crossfit out of dozens across America, and because so many fitness enthusiasts seem to love their workouts. I even know a few bloggers with CPT’s that enjoy “the box.” Personally, I have never tried it, and I don’t really plan on it any time soon, but I don’t discourage anyone else to not. Like Pete McCall said on ACE, “this is not an indictment against Crossfit, but a reminder of why it’s important to emphasize good form when learning and performing challenging exercises.“
This video is really disturbing as a fitness professional and enthusiast. I am absolutely outraged at the trainers/coaches(?) encouraging these girls in the video:
I enjoy doing a lot of HIIT training, and I like to go at it with power and resistance. However, I never, ever compromise my form so I can go heavy. Even if I can only use 8 pounds on an exercise, or my biceps are feeling weak and I need to drop down to 5 for 8 repetitions (<—it’s happened). I go at it with the max I can go, while maintaining proper form. Form comes first, ALWAYS!
If my clients feel strongly about not performing a certain (challenging) exercise; even if I really think they can do it, I don’t push it too hard. I would rather move onto something else they feel more comfortable with and try again at a later date. I always go through the fundamentals of each movement, make them understand what they are doing, show them what they should NOT be doing, and listen to them if they say something doesn’t feel comfortable or they are having certain aches or pains going into the workout.
Bottom line (and I will throw this in here because it’s important)…always warm-up before entering into a workout. Always make sure you are taken through the basic fundamentals of an exercise, even when I post workouts on here, I always post videos/tutorials for a reason, understand the movements and the proper form! When you are progressing to a more advanced movement, make sure you are ready and able to perform that movement by mastering the basics and being able to go through full range of motion without injuring yourself!
What did you think of that video?
Crossfitters….what’s the buzz around your community since this has gone viral?
Have you even seen a coach or a trainer encouraging their client to perform an advanced exercise they may not have been physically ready for, without teaching them the fundamentals?
Have s great night! Hope to chat sooner rather than later.
I’m trying to spend less time on the computer these days and more time doing other things. Like play with my iPhone 😉 I kid…
Lisa actually ruined me because I can not read my fav blogs on there without sitting on my ass all day at the computer.