Form First!

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.



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  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    oh my gosh that is crazy. have not heard about this video. never compromise form in my opinion!

    December 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    That video is appalling. That is the first time I have seen it. I am a firm believer that proper form always comes first!

    December 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes, it really disturbs me!

      December 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I hurt all over just watching that. Wrong. Just wrong.

    What app do you use to read blogs on your iphone?

    December 14, 2011 at 12:09 am
    • Reply laury

      SO wrong!!!

      It’s called feedler!!! It’s ruined commenting for me but at least I can still read about your delicious cookies 😉

      December 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply allison

    oh my gosh that is terrible!!!!! my back hurt just watching that!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 6:43 am
  • Reply Amy

    So funny I just read this as i’m headed out the door to go to my very first crossfit training. I’ve never tried it i’m a weights girl myself but a guy my husband knows is a trainer that does crossfit and talked me into letting him train me today. I’m curious to see what the buzz is all about.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:50 am
    • Reply laury

      How did it go!!?? I wonder what if your trainer heard of the video and curious as to what his thoughts were

      December 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    I’m not an expert, but that video is crazy! I don’t understand how she could let those girls do that?! It just seems like common sense to me!

    December 14, 2011 at 9:30 am
    • Reply laury

      you don’t need to be an expert to recognize that! It should be common sense but if you are a young girl inexperienced in weight lifting and “coaches” and “trainers” are pushing you to do that…well..I just hope they don’t end up with long-term injuries!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply kaity

    omgg my wrists n back are breaking watching that! thats ridiculous!!

    December 14, 2011 at 9:41 am
    • Reply laury

      mine too.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm
  • Reply Felicia (Natural + Balanced)

    okay, that was painful to watch… i stopped after 40 seconds!

    December 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply laury

      Me too! I went back and watched it again to show my husband. He thinks it was fake since he is a big weight lifter, he thinks there’s no way they got those plates up! I just don’t know but it makes me sick!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Lisa@Healthy Diaries

    Ok, that video is appaling! I cannot believe these girls were allowed to do this and not stopped. Their forms are horrible and obviously the weight was way too heavy for them!

    December 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm
    • Reply laury

      I know!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    holy crap! well i do know my friend who owns a crossfit gym is also a chiro and she would never let that happen at her class! there is a 6 week intro class with crossfit teaching you proper form and technique so im not sure how those people passed! you never lift weights when you can’t keep proper form i totally agree! part of the reason my bodyrock scores always seem lower than some others is because i make my form a priority. it’s not about how many reps i can push through if they are crappy you know?

    December 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      I am the same! My numbers may be low but I know I am doing each and every rep the way they are supposed to be done!!!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply K

    I could hardly watch that video! My husband and I both were athletes in university and trained with excellent strength and conditioning coaches who were uncompromising when it came to form and safety. I remember overhead squatting with a broomstick for weeks before I was even allowed to attempt the bar! I am so with you on form first!

    December 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm
    • Reply laury

      Exactly!!! I always take it slow with clients before progressing to more advanced movements or heavier weight.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    I saw that video too and almost died!!! It’s terrible!

    December 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm
  • Reply Amy

    My session went well he was strict on form but honestly I don’t think its for me. I don’t like having to rush through everything and have someone standing over me yelling like a drill seargant. I think I’ll stick to weight training but I am glad i got to see what its all about.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:08 am
    • Reply laury

      Interesting! I agree with you. Even though I am a trainer and like for someone to kick my ass every now and then….I am really can’t deal with someone screaming in my face. It’s not motivating to me and it’s not my style of training either. Except with my ice hockey kids…but even then I wasn’t to bad.

      When I was younger in my career I tried that approach and I sounded too much like a cheerleader trying to be tough (one kid told me) so I had to take another approach hahaa.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Kat

    wow wow wow!! I know a few people who love crossfit, and I have thought of giving it a try, but they all just follow the website and do it on their own, which I think is the best choice for me. If someone was yelling at me the whole time I was trying to focus, I might just chuck the weights at their face. I seriously talk to myself in my head during lifting, and dont want to be bothered! I guess its just not for everyone, but good FORM should be!

    December 16, 2011 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    My assistant just started cross fit and loves it. I’ll have to ask her about this. I am soooooo behind on my google reader too : (

    December 20, 2011 at 7:23 am
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