Crossfit – A review of this craze.

“CROSSFIT” has been been around for about 5 years now and like most of these crazes the exponents of crossfit will tell you it is the greatest exercise ever. It may even be responsible for “World Peace” HAHAHA!!!! The training does vary from gym to gym and of course from trainer to trainer even though there is a strict regime to follow for the believers. Those who do crossfit are certainly passionate about this training. It seems you either love it or hate it. It is of course not for the faint hearted or weak!!! The training normally consists of metabolic training (cardiovascular conditioning with running, rowing, cycling, jumping rope and the like), some gymnastic movements using body weight (push-ups, pull-ups, dips, plyometrics, and isometric work)   and weight-lifting movements (Olympic bars completing deadlift, overhead shoulder presses, bench presses and rows) these vary with combinations of all three to intense circuit type training. Instructors go through a set program to allow them to call themselves “CROSSFIT TRAINERS”  Of course when you complete the course (if you can without dying) you are left with a feeling of euphoria which just makes you want to keep this training going simply for the high. These types of programs can certainly spice up a dull workout for those who have a suitable training background and a good base to start from.

All these so called new types of training are often just a mix of existing training in different combinations. Over 30 odd years I have seen a myriad of “The great next thing” and often for the inventors and marketers of these ideas this relate to lots of income.

THE PITFALLS: Some will no doubt love this work-out, however for others there is a real chance of some serious injury. Not all those who try Crossfit in fact should. It is important that each person is assessed to see what training they have done previously, what injuries they currently have or have had. This training is certainly not for the beginner. The old rules still apply when it comes to exercise. The beginner should start with an endurance phase of exercise then hypertrophy before ever starting a strength and power program. Our bodies need to adapt neurally as well as physiologically. Commencing crossfit before you have some sort of adaptation to exercise previously will only cause you an injury. Crossfit can add a new dynamic to your routine but be careful about neural fatigue and ensure recovery and rest plays an important part of this routine. The only other problem I see is trying to mix to much together at one time. While this sort of routine will no doubt burn lots of calories the results you may want could not be forth coming. Decide what you want to achieve,(IE muscle mass gain, strength, fat loss ect) set you goals and then have an educated approach to how you will achieve these. Unfortunately many trainers lack any real academia approach to these types of training so ensure your instructor has at least an exercise science background before putting your life in their hands. The world is full of self-proclaimed experts with literally no qualifications other than a weekend away course they have completed at a very expensive price!!!

By

John Hart

“Master’s In Education” (Disability) Newcastle University Australia

“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

“Cert 4 Personal Training”

“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

2 Responses to “Crossfit – A review of this craze.”

  1. Gabriel September 13, 2011 at 2:07 am Permalink

    Hi John,
    I do not know if the crossfit is good for me or I going to like it or not, but if this three girls in the photo are in your class I would like start now…jaja.

  2. kylie December 21, 2011 at 10:12 am Permalink

    Hi John,
    I see that you have a lot of education in the fitness area but to reply to your comment that crossfit is not for beginers is deffinatly not true. There are many people that i know of who have not doen a day of fitness in there life, some in their 60′s excelling now in crossfit. I started crossfitting 6 months ago, and never felt so strong and fit in my life, I only do 2-3 sessions a week lasting about 15-30 min each, and friends of mine work out everyday for an hour, I am stronger, fitter, and faster than they are. I dont know why people are so quick to rubbish crossfit, I guess there is a critic out there for everything.

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