As 2013 comes to an end, I figure I had a chance to write one more post considering all the “buzz” going on lately.
As you might have been able to see from some of my research, over the last year our team at KSU has spent a lot of time involved in CrossFit related research trying to answer some basic questions, for which we do not have a lot of objective answers.
Unless you have been living under a rock for over five-years, by now you have an idea of what CrossFit is (or at least an opinion!) and perhaps you may have given it a try once or twice! You can find out more about CrossFit on their website.
What I would like to talk about here, is a big controversy that has been brewing over the last couple of years as to how ‘dangerous’ CrossFit truly is; which, in a way, may be fueled by numbers more than anything else. This controversy has granted me the opportunity to be interviewed on several mainstream media outlets, the latest of which was recently published here.
Of course, everyone has their own opinion on this, and I welcome an educated dialog here.
Some will argue about the certification process (which I find it to be a Fitness Industry problem, not just a CrossFit problem); the lack of experience among coaches; and the high-intensity nature of the program, which may not be suitable for everyone. This last point however can be highly contested considering everyone has the ability to “scale”, or modify, any workout based on their fitness levels (if you have been doing CrossFit and this is NOT the case in your facility, perhaps you should consider changing affiliates!).