I have a lot of good things to say about CrossFit, which brought back many cool stuff, good movements and of course, inspired thousands of people to train movement intensity.
While there are some places who are doing amazing work. Most places aren’t. There are two big problems with crossfit nowadays, both of them lead to an almost unbelievable amount of crossfitters who are messed up at best, and seriously injured at worst.
- Even if you have amazing movement, all the good intentions in the world aren’t going to protect from messing it up with crossfit. You simply can’t control your body well after so many reps and with such an intensity, at least not for long, and especially when you think about the competitive elements.
- Most people can’t move well, and most crossfit gyms don’t have enough knowledge to know what to look for. From mobility problems, spinal compression, sitting all day and all the way to essential core patterns. If you can’t extend your thoracic-spine, you will do it from the lower back and if you can’t mobilize your ankles, you will do it from your knees. Now throw in a bit of intensity, motivation and speed and you can see why therapists who are next to crossfit gyms have successful business.
No one can ignore CrossFit, but it doesn’t mean it’s a perfect system, far from it.