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Apr 18 17 7:09 AM
Stormshadow wrote: Like you said, the form I see is TERRIBLE across the board and they seem to really enjoy plyometrics and plyo boxes.
Apr 18 17 7:39 PM
trog wrote:CaptKronos wrote:The local news had a motivational story this morning about someone trying to lose weight. This girl was doing heavy barbell powerlifting moves in rapid reps with absolutely terrible form. Then they panned around to a whole room of idiots doing the same thing. There should be a law against such dumbassery. Makes my Shakeweight look genius in comparison.I see plenty of terrible form in the gym without the need for Crossfit. Mind you, if the latest fad gets people exercising, it can't be all bad.
CaptKronos wrote:The local news had a motivational story this morning about someone trying to lose weight. This girl was doing heavy barbell powerlifting moves in rapid reps with absolutely terrible form. Then they panned around to a whole room of idiots doing the same thing. There should be a law against such dumbassery. Makes my Shakeweight look genius in comparison.
Apr 18 17 7:55 PM
Jake331 wrote:Stormshadow wrote: Like you said, the form I see is TERRIBLE across the board and they seem to really enjoy plyometrics and plyo boxes.
Yes they do don't they! I have been told, by people who really know about such things, that plyometrics are not necessary at all for general health and fitness, but people love to copy what pro athletes do in their advanced training. Unfortunately, people don't also copy the years of basic training that athletes do to strengthen their bodies, before they eventually move on to advanced stuff like plyometrics. Some trainers will not allow plyometric training at all until their athletes are posting some seriously big numbers in all the major lifts.
In any case, it is not necessary to do plyometric training at all unless you are a competitive athlete, in which case you will likely accept the increased risk of injury as the price you have to pay to win. But for everybody else, why bother?
Apr 19 17 7:59 AM
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Apr 19 17 8:49 AM
My point is, while the idea behind CrossFit may be reasonable, the execution is not.
Here are my specific reasons for not endorsing CrossFit (the entity):
Apr 19 17 9:13 AM
Most people in Western culture accept episodic illness as normal--it is not. Intermittent colds and flu are signs of poor resistance and compromised health. (The same goes for flatulence, poor bowel movements and digestive disturbances. These things should not be considered normal--they indicate distressed digestion.) The majority of the extreme training currently promoted enervates the body and thus lowers resistance. Proper exercise will increase resistance--immunity. I repeat: Smashing yourself unto exhaustion does not constitute healthy exercise. With a rational training program, you will feel better when you finish a session then before you started. I'm not saying don't push yourself to create muscular and systemic fatigue, but you don't push to the limit every time you train.
The rational trainee learns his or her limits, and respects them, playing around the edges. The old timers called this training on the nerve. This was the era before performance-enhancing drugs and supplements.
The fitness world today is looking at everything upside-down. The look takes precedence, followed by performing sideshow tricks. Health, if considered at all, is a lower priority. I assume this is because most of the 5% population who train with vigor are predominantly under 30 years old and so take their health for granted. But in my travels--and my clientele--even the body beautiful set are suffering and plagued with health issues and injuries. Too many are forced to quit training from chronic injuries and degraded health.
The Competitive Athlete
Competitive athletes are performance-driven and most are willing to sacrifice health in their quest to triumph in a chosen activity. Read the fine print: no one ever claimed that competitive sports are health-promoting. In fact, most sports break down health and can decrease life expectancy (not all sports however; it seems competitive swimming can increase life span.) Combat sports definitely take a toll on your reserve of life force and I offer as proof my own wealth of injuries collected over four decades of competitive combat sport. (Sometimes I wonder if anyone has ever been more ego-driven than me!) There are certainly pay-offs for the life force, such as achievement, exhilarations and worldly recognition--but it comes at the expense of great physical and mental enervation. I have undoubtedly shortened my life span, but merely enduring a long lifespan was never to me a worthy goal. A long lifetimes without acquiring self-knowledge is a hollow victory, like a 50-year golden anniversary in a social marriage without an underlying marriage of the heart.
What does it all really mean? It's important to be aware of the consequences down the road and the price you've agreed to pay. If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I'd certainly have done a few things differently, but I have no regrets. I have more perspective (and a small bit of wisdom) at this point and it's not that I'd change things, so much, as do them differently. But that's another blog!
I propose a different model for fitness: let vibrant health be your first priority. When health is superior--or at least optimal--then performance will be concordant. Take a good look at the fitness-identified people around you--probably most couldn't put in two hours of vigorous labor without unduly exhausting themselves. With or without a pre-workout beverage; post-workout recovery shake and a bottle of vitamin-enhanced water at hand throughout.
An able-bodied man is just that--capable of exerting himself when called upon. Health at the highest standard implies a body and mind with adequate nerve energy to exert yourself with efficiency while performing well at a variety of tasks. When health and performance are properly synchronized (truth), then aesthetics and the glow of vitality (beauty) will shine forth--that is all/ Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
Apr 19 17 9:27 AM
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Apr 19 17 4:57 PM
Caneguru and enlightened zen master.I'm permanently high now
gruntbrain wrote:Paging Henry- he has done CrossFit
Apr 19 17 5:49 PM
Apr 19 17 10:38 PM
Grunt & Shen's Workshop
Apr 20 17 4:12 AM
Apr 20 17 2:29 PM
gruntbrain wrote:The Crossfit gyms look worthwhile . But I believe you must do their prescribed workouts( a downer for me)
Apr 20 17 6:33 PM
Apr 20 17 7:07 PM
Openly denies secretly desiring to takeover the forum.
gruntbrain wrote:Cross-dressers are threatening or so I've heard
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