It's been a while since I've last posted about CrossFit. I've avoided it because it just makes sense to focus on things that might NOT cause World War 3. But, here goes: People get so darn defensive the second you say anything even remotely negative! Proof is a really well-written article that I found on livestrong.com that really uses an objective opinion about CrossFit (as a training method, not as a sport). It talks about plenty of cons (because they exist for crying out laud people!) and also has plenty of very clear positives as well. Reading the comments, it's crazy to see how quickly people feel they need to attack the author for "bashing" CrossFit. For the life of me I can't figure out how mentioning an inevitable and realistic negative quality of a largely followed program is bashing; but I guess people just like to take things personally. Why can't people just stay objective about things in any possible way? Hell man, I played baseball almost my entire life up until a couple years ago and was probably a bit overly obsessed with the sport. It consumed every aspect of my life for as long as I could remember. But that didn't mean I had a panic attack and had to go on a rampage every time someone said that you don't need to be incredibly athletic to play baseball. You know why? Because it's the truth! I'm pretty sure most people have the somewhat intelligent understanding that you need to be pretty gifted to play any professional sport. And each sport has a pretty distinct collection of skills and abilities needed to perform at a really high level. So when someone says that CrossFit training has more potential to injure the average person than specialty training, and the social media world has a meltdown like that person just insulted their mother, what the heck?! Chill out people! It's OK to love a program that might have some negative traits. Nothing in this world is perfect, not even CrossFit. Yes, it's a cool new sport. Yes, it's an awesome community builder. Yes, it's fun as hell and is an incredibly intense workout. Yes, you will be more prone to injury when put to a clock and asked to compete with others. Yes, performing high rep Olympic and power lifts is more dangerous than performing single reps. Yes, kipping pull ups are worse for your shoulders than strict. Those are truths. If you disagree with those statements, you are either pretty uneducated in the fitness world, or you are an idiot.
You'll notice I didn't write that you shouldn't do any of these movements. And I didn't say that anyone who does a kipping pull up is stupid and should be shot. I merely made the statement that they put your shoulders at a greater risk of injury than a strict pull up. Tackle football puts you at a greater risk of concussion than touch football. Does that make tackle football stupid? Not really; just more dangerous. Running a marathon will put your joints at a crazy higher risk of injury over running a 5k. Does that mean you should never, ever run a marathon? Well, I'm sure plenty of people who read my posts will say yes, but I happen to be of the thought process that it's an awesome bucket list item and if it interests you, go for it! Just be aware that it is the TRUTH that long distance running is a higher risk of injury than short distance running.
I think CrossFit people get so defensive because it's such a new concept of fitness in the grand scheme of things. And social media allows for the public opinion to be shared so much more freely. I'm sure most beginning sports and training methodologies got their fair share of criticism at the start; and it seems pretty clear that most of them continue to get criticized still. I just think it would probably behoove the movement if everyone made the choice to lighten up a little. Perhaps enjoy the jokers in the community like Epic, Drywall, Fitness Lonnie, The Naked Cross..um, Exerciser, and Sexy As F*# rather than take it all like a personal attack. Take the high road when someone chooses to write an uneducated article, or even an educated article that might speak badly of the movement. The second you fire back at the ones who don't like you, you just make things worse. If you love your training, your community, your sport, and everything around it, just let it speak for itself! Share the good that YOU like about it. Or if you MUST say something, do it intelligently and professionally (and perhaps privately if you are really offended) rather than lashing out and fighting fire with fire.
I do admit, I get caught up in controversy on the social medias and such, like the crazy Anthos fear/smear campaign, and the "letting go" of very established and vocal fitness and health professionals, the ongoing pissing contest between P90X and CrossFit (google that if you want, it's crazy), and a few more... Hell man, I do have to admit it is rather interesting to watch all the crazy people bicker; it's like watching Bill O'reilly or something: frustratingly entertaining. But please people, take a deep breath and chill! The more you get pissed off at all the "haters", the more people are going to hate, you realize that right? And the second you start to make it personal, then it reaches a whole different level. And that level is scary because it threatens the happy, awesome, welcoming community that CrossFit has always claimed to be. Perhaps we can all tone it down a notch with the purposeful slander. And perhaps we can all learn to take a joke every now and again.
I wish I didn't have to finish this article like this, but I thought for a while about it and feel I need to do so based on everything I just said. I like CrossFit. I consider myself a CrossFit athlete, I am associated with CrossFit professionally, I have connected with and am working directly with a great CrossFit gym, I love the community and am in awe of the what some of these athletes can do. This post is NOT a CrossFit bashing post. If you read it that way, read it again. And if you still think it is, punch yourself in the face and go get therapy, stat! This is a call to the community to chill and just love the good that comes from it. Work to make the bad less, and perhaps allow yourself to joke around about the inevitable wackiness that is going to come from something so intense!
Just a rant for you all on a wonderful Thursday.
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