Well I’ve managed to pull myself out of my Stanley Cup Playoff’s coma to get a little something written. Seriously, ask Catherine, I’ve been watching ALL the hockey. Pretty sure it’s getting on her nerves, though she’ll say it’s not…it probably is. It’s not too late to say no babes, of course she wouldn’t…would she? Uh well in any case, let’s move on.
There have been many out there giving their thoughts on the not so new modality to hit the fitness universe, CrossFit. Most of the educated professionals I know have said their piece and most agree, there’s good things and bad things. I think even most seasoned CrossFitters will tell you the same. There’s good and bad to it. I’ll throw my 2 cents into the ring here and let you all decide for yourselves, if you haven’t yet.
Let me just start by saying people that are absolutely sullying the name of CrossFit for no actual good reason should probably pump the breaks a bit and make sure that they’re doing some digging on it first. Even some of the worse boxes (CrossFit gyms) have some good to them. They’re not unlike gyms, personal training studios or strength and conditioning facilities. There are coaches (boxes) that are absolutely awful for various reasons, and are absolutely giving the name and industry in general a bad rep. Then there are some that are high quality and getting many people to move in ways they’ve never thought possible, safely. As always in this industry, it depends is the answer.
The Not So Good:
All in all, it's probably a good split between the good and the bad simply because there's no quality control. That's not unlike any other type of facility in this industry neither. I think more people are starting become knowledgable to the point where they can smell a bad Crossfit gym from a mile away. The quality of coaching is being increased, but like all other facilities in the fitness realm, we need to work to squash the stupid shit out there, you've all seen the videos and memes.
Those are my thoughts, and I am definitely echoing some things I’ve read or heard before from other people, so no these are not entirely my original thoughts. The likes of Tony Gentilcore, Artemis Scantalides, Mike Boyle, Dan John, Neghar Fonooni and my friend Mike Anderson all have their prints on the good and bad stuff you see above. I’ve just managed to put it in my words, splash a bit of my humor and hopefully inform more people about the pro’s and con’s here.
That’s what I got today guys, remember to use your heads when signing up training any where, not just a Crossfit box.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS