Crossfit Kills People screams the headline! (we live in such a overly dramatic society)
Stephanie Cooperman of the Old York Times wrote an article back in 2005 that still rings true today.
She wrote an article about the Crossfit Culture and the mentality that some people are willing to get fit even if it kills you. And she did a damn fine job of it.
So I am going to make this post leisure reading for all those wondering if Crossfit is just another routine workout program.
As my friend said when he sent me this article…
“Crossfit is just another Darwinian way of weeding out stupid people.” – Wishes to Remain Anonymous
Crossfit Kills People!
Or so says every major newspaper and writer looking for views. They use a few specific people who would probably get hurt under any other circumstance and claim the entire Crossfit culture is messed up.
Or there’s Rhabdomyolysis in which excessive waste products from muscle tissue breakdown are released into the bloodstream and can ultimately lead to kidney failure. Seriously, how many people do you know who could workout hard enough to even induce that? You’d need to be an extreme athlete to even get to that point. It’s unlikely the stay at home mom is going to workout so hard that she’d literally die. Not impossible but unlikely.
The real issue is the many forms of self-destructive tendencies. It’s just disguised at ‘fitness’ in this case.
This could happen with any other fitness program. The main difference is that Crossfit isn’t your regular routine. Hard Work and pushing past limitations is encouraged. Olympic style lifts are done on a regular basis for repetitions. The program isn’t setup for the beginner but it’s mostly who joins and makes up the “I almost died” stories.
Getting Fit, Even if It Kills You
It’s way too easy to say Crossfit kills people. It’s a trendy program that is here to stay. You can find a great coach and probably kill some serious butt or you can find some paper certified ex-computer junkie looking to charge you $120 a month for a crap ass warehouse disguised as a gym and just tell you to lift a heavy object over your head 100 times until you puke! The coach makes all the difference here.
Be Fit, Stay Strong!
Marc David – CPT