I’m supposed to be writing a post about my Murph experience. That will just have to wait. I’m fired up right now. I’ve seen that “Why I Don’t Do CrossFit” article shared one too many times. I’ve seen one too many haters on social media bashing my passion when I know damn well they have never dropped a bead of sweat inside a CrossFit box. When I had to engineer piping system designs in the past, I placed relief valves in the system to open and vent when the system pressure got too high. This is my relief valve.
Hey, you, come a little closer. A little more. Yeah that’s good. I want to tell you something important, something you need to know. Here it is…
I don’t care if you don’t CrossFit.
Did you get that? Let me say it again.
I DON’T CARE IF YOU DON’T CROSSFIT.
I do not care if CrossFit is not for you. That’s awesome. Do you have another form of fitness you love? I’m legitimately happy for you! Like running marathons? Sweet. Is that for me? Nope. Am I going to bash you for it? Nope. Am I going to create a social media account dedicated to spewing venomous hate towards your 26.2 miles? Nope. In fact, here let me help all those haters out right here.
You can get hurt doing CrossFit!
Yes you can! You can get hurt pretty bad! You can mess yourself up doing a weight that is too heavy for you. Loaded barbells dropping throughout the box can be a hazard if you aren’t careful. Try doing high repetitions of kipping pull-ups without the prerequisite strength to do a strict pull-up can damage your rotator cuffs big time.
I guess we should stick to doing “normal” stuff like running (shin splints, rolled ankles, cracked heel bones, serious dehydration, poisonous snakebite as you’re running) or low intensity globo gym work like bench presses. No one ever gets hurt doing a bench press, right? Ever heard of Stafon Johnson? If the name sounds familiar, he’s the USC running back that was seriously injured doing a bench press.
Johnson was performing a “bench press” lift with what doctors were told was 275 pounds when the bar apparently slipped from his hand and landed on his throat. USC officials said an assistant strength and conditioning coach was working with Johnson as a “spotter” when the accident happened, but he was unable to stop the bar from injuring the player.
Gosh. Hey Erin Simmons, I sure hope they don’t do bench presses at Florida State. I hope that, in the 5 years you were at Florida State University working out with a 3 time back-to-back national championship team, never once were you asked to do a bench press by one of your strength coaches.
People, you can get hurt doing any form of physical activity. You sign a waiver with ANY training you do, be it a sporting event or signing up for a gym membership. There are risks inherent with any type of training. That’s why trainers and coaches get paid! Which reminds me…
There are bad CrossFit coaches out there!
Holy hell, no way! You mean there could be one bad egg out of a whole chicken coop? Wow. Let’s go on a CrossFit witch hunt! I mean CrossFit coaching has to be the only profession with bad apples, right? Surely there are no dishonest accountants (Enron), no football players that
commit murder allegedly commit murder, no greasy slime ball attorneys that get child molesters off scot-free, no trainers that would allow an athlete to ever push past the point of exhaustion into a potentially compromising condition or allow an athlete to use bad form… surely there are ZERO bicep curls done when a dude arches his back to complete a rep, surely that NEVER happens.
Yes, there are some poor CrossFit coaches. It’s true. But before you cast the first stone, remember there are poor coaches in every profession. It’s important that any athlete in any sport be educated enough to be able to tell if a coach is full of shit or not. Is your coach on his phone while you workout instead of watching you? Ok, chances are he is a lousy coach. Use common sense people. If you want to meet quintessential good CrossFit coaches, come to my box CrossFit 865.
Can you “get certified in a weekend?” Well, the course itself lasts a weekend. But you have to study beforehand. You have to have a working knowledge of exercise and kinesiology and motivational techniques. You can’t go from nothing to
certified proficient in a weekend. The fact that Erin or anyone else would state this is preposterous. The exam to become a Professional Engineer is only 8 hours long. That’s shorter than the weekend of CrossFit certification. OMG! CrossFit coaches are trained more than engineers! Quick, tell everyone you know to never cross a bridge again, they are dangerous! All bridges are dangerous!!
CrossFit pull-ups look like a fish out of water!
First of all, they are called kipping or butterfly pull-ups. CrossFitters do strict pull-ups as well. And yes, they look a little funny at times. You know what else looks funny? Jim Furyk’s golf swing. But man that golf swing sure does work! I find driving a race car in a circle 500 times a little odd. Running for 26 miles straight is questionable behavior in my opinion. So remember, something that looks funny is only that way from your perspective. I can’t run a marathon and I don’t want to, but I am in awe of each and every person that can. If you want to hate CrossFit because of high rep pull-ups, then that’s your prerogative. Just keep your mouth shut because all people hear is your ignorance when you open it.
You’ll lose gains if you CrossFit!
Um… what? Ok, maybe? I guess if you truly believe that you need a separate “arm day” then perhaps you will lose a little bit of muscle mass by adding in the CrossFit metcon cardio to your bulking regimen. Sure, if your sole purpose is to get big for the sake of being big, then maybe you will lose gains. Personally, I prefer muscle that is a little more functional and I like the ability to be mobile enough to put my arms straight down by my side. That’s my choice. I don’t call you out for your 5 different tricep exercises in what I believe is rather silly. And also, I’m the most muscular I’ve ever been in my life, and it is 110% thanks to CrossFit.
CrossFit is a cult!
You’re damn right it is! Look up the definition of cult. CrossFitters DO care about what they do a lot. We ARE very dedicated to our passion. If that’s wrong, then I don’t want to be right! I LOVE my CrossFit family. There is no more supportive, more highly motivated group of people that I’ve ever met. Go to a college football game and see all the ugliness from opposing fans. Curses, derogatory names, threats of physical violence, all are very present. Go to a CrossFit competition and watch everyone cheer for each other. It’s that simple. CrossFit is love people. If you want to hate on love, I guess you’ve told me everything I need to know about you.
CrossFitters never shut up about CrossFit!
We don’t really. When I hang out with my fellow box mates, we generally talk about CrossFit, WODs from the past week, news regarding popular CrossFit athletes, paleo food, and health in general. We love it. Parents with children, you post photos of your kids on Facebook and Instagram, right? You love them. You could talk about them all day right? (some of you do!) Just because I sometimes get tired of seeing and hearing about your kids doesn’t mean I hate you or them!! It’s natural for someone to share their passion and what they love! I’m sure it does get annoying to see all my CrossFit status updates, and if it bothers you, guess what… you can filter me out or unfriend/unfollow/whatever! It’s that easy! You don’t have to hate!
Look, I don’t care if you don’t CrossFit. I don’t want to only do CrossFit. I want to golf and swim and hike and yes sometimes run. We aren’t meant to sit around in a chair or on the couch all day. Physical fitness is so directly related to life longevity and overall health that you can’t possibly make a case that it isn’t. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I don’t care if you don’t CrossFit. I’m happy for whatever fitness you find. I hope you love whatever fitness you find. Going to the gym shouldn’t be a chore. Going for a walk/run shouldn’t require a sigh and a huff and puff to get dressed and do it. Humans were born being fit. Our primal nature craves to sweat.
Let’s be clear about one thing. There is no reason to hate another form of fitness. There just isn’t. There’s also no reason to publish articles or support articles by sharing them when the author clearly a) is not an expert on the subject, b) has an agenda they are pushing, c) states “facts” that are clearly not true or are simply the author’s opinion. You can share the same beliefs as the author, just try not to perpetuate hatred and misinformation.
I hope everyone is happy being active in a way that they love. I love CrossFit. I truly hope you will respect that, as I respect whatever you do. If you have questions about fitness activities, ask someone truly knowledgable instead of relying on someone that is “trying to get into fitness modeling”.
Your Turn: What physical activity do you love? Have you ever been persecuted for following a certain sport?