In case you missed them, here are parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of this series.
Why CrossFit? - Safety
Ah, yes, safety. The big topic that comes up in almost every single CrossFit discussion. Whenever the topic of CrossFit comes up, there is almost always a response of, "Isn't that dangerous?"
Yes, CrossFit is dangerous! Moving hundreds of pounds of weight around using nothing but your own body can be dangerous. But at the expense of sounding cliched, so can driving a car, playing sports, or sitting on the couch. Sitting on the couch? Yup, because sitting around doing nothing can be worse for your health than not sitting. That's ok, because there are lots of other forms of safe, effective exercise, right? Sure, but not all are nearly as effective as CrossFit, and to be honest, if done incorrectly, can increase your risk of injury down the road by not properly preparing your body through functional movement patterns for balance and symmetry which can be better attained through proper training and supervised by an experienced and well-educated Coach.
Unfortunately, the extremely quick rise in popularity of CrossFit led to some boxes being mis-coached or mis-managed, which has led to some unfortunate complaints of safety concerns. The truth of the matter, however, is that CrossFit is an extremely safe form of exercise when Coached and supervised by a well-educated and certified staff. We here at Athlete Institute take pride in not only the safety and pre-habilitation work that we do with our athletes, but the time spent ensuring progress is made with proper cuing and form only.
Yes, you will be pushed to improve your level of fitness and overall health, but as soon as a Coach stresses heart rate first or the number of calories you burn first, you are creating force-based problems on people that are ill-prepared to sustain such forces, and that is the definition of malpractice.
What about CrossFit for kids/teenagers? Well, read on...