We live in a cotton wool society today. Most people are encouraged to be helpless and everyone else is too scared to tell them otherwise for fear of some irrational lawsuit. There’s also a general lack of accountability for one’s actions.
The cotton wool nation has unfortunately shaped the way many industries operate, and the fitness industry is no exception. Take this pill and your performance will increase twofold in six weeks; rock on this device and you’ll have abs in four weeks; stand on this vibrating machine to achieve a toned body (but hold on to the handlebars because we don’t want to be sued if you fall off). Anything else other than a magic pill or machine is considered unsafe.
The reality, as all our members should know, is that health and fitness actually requires a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and some risk. Yes, you could cut your shin on a box, twist your ankle while running, or injure a shoulder while practising some gymnastics. Those are educated risks. But thanks to the society that would rather live in a padded room, CrossFit is deemed unsafe because of those risks.
Yes, much of the ammo against CrossFit comes from people being unduly hurt in CrossFit gyms. Having been a part of the CrossFit grassroots in Africa and New Zealand I’ve witnessed (and continue to witness) uneducated or simply negligent coaching and programming. I talked about those cowboys earlier and I believe that they’re like those people trying to sell magic pills and fancy machines; they won’t be around for very long. As for the cotton wool nation, they’re both uneducated and too scared to risk becoming better people.
At CFJ we have always recognised that the most important factors of a fitness facility are safety, effectiveness and efficacy. Our training programs would be no good if 20% of the members were injured all the time. Likewise, our members wouldn’t be progressing if we didn’t teach them how to train at a productive AND safe level. Because of that, we’re constantly evaluating the efficacy of our program.
In our almost four years of operation there have been three severe injuries that occurred during training. I can count the number of cut shins from box jumps on one hand, and no one has broken a limb. At any given time, only 3% of our members are either taking time off or scaling workouts to rehabilitate and treat aches, pains, niggles and minor injuries. But that’s sometimes what happens when you’re striving to get fitter. I’m also aware of many affiliates who have similar records. Pretty good odds, don’t you think?
CrossFit isn’t dangerous. Bad coaching and programming, and athletes with a lack of common sense are dangerous.
There have been a number of published articles about “Reasons you should not do CrossFit.” We have hundreds of members each with a different reason about why you SHOULD do CrossFit. If you’re reading this, scroll down to the comments section of this blog and write one reason why you believe people should do CrossFit. I’ll send the responses to as many media outlets as possible.
If you’re an L1 athlete and are unable to test for kipping pull-ups yet, you simply sit that component out because we’ve already tested your ring rows. If however you didn’t train on Monday then test your max rep horizontal ring row. For the ring dips and push-ups, don’t get sloppy. Ensure proper range of motion especially.
Max rep kipping pull-up
Rest 3 minutes
Max rep ring dip (kipping allowed) or push-up
AMRAP 7 minutes
14 KB swings (24/16)