Debunking the myths of CrossFit

CrossFit has become the latest fitness craze to sweep the nation and many are becoming diehard â??CrossFittersâ??. But while some boast their rock hard abs and sinewy arms, others question the constantly varied functional movements at a high intensity and whether the method leads to injury.

â??Letâ??s say your normal gym, if youâ??re going in by yourself, if youâ??re trying to do these same movements and youâ??re doing them incorrectly, thereâ??s a good chance you will get hurt,â?? explained Ravage CrossFit owner, Brandon Jones. â??Thatâ??s why we do the training, helping them get correct. That way they know if they need to do less weight, if they need to do no weight, just to get that form correct. Because whatâ??s the point of doing it if youâ??re going to get hurt.â??

806 CrossFit trains a varied mix of people, from collegiate athletes all the way to elderly women sweating through the Workout of the Day. Coach Kyle Cato said it is his job to scale the workout back accordingly to ensure that anyone is able to do them without injury.

â??So as a coach, that is my job, to make sure everybody gets their workout in and does it safely and is happy when they leave,â?? said Cato. â??Everything has an option, whether itâ??s a gymnastic move or a barbell movement. Weâ??re going to scale the move.â??

â??I think one of the most common misconceptions is that CrossFit gets people hurt. I disagree with that. I think instead of pointing the finger at the program itself, you have to look at the coaches,â?? said Cody Allred, owner of Frogfit.

However, professionals said it is imperative to listen to the body and to understand that exercise must be taken slowly to avoid injury. Studies done by Ohio State University and published in the Journal of Strength and Condition Research have shown that nearly 16% of crossfitters drop out of the program because of â??injuries or overuseâ??.

â??The old adage that we use no pain no gain can be really detrimental. If weâ??re doing a certain activity like an overhead press and weâ??re getting a lot of pain with it, thatâ??s our body trying to tell us that weâ??re doing something thatâ??s not right,â?? said Dr. Jay Bradford Clark, DSCPT, physical therapist.

He went on to explain that all activities and exercises like Crossfit produce a certain amount of strain on the body and that a good general rule is to take things easy and start off slowly to see how the body responds.

â??Every workout in CrossFit is scalable. Thereâ??s a workout for every person, no matter their fitness level,â?? said Brandon Jones, owner of Ravage CrossFit. â??You can have your fittest athlete and your brand new athlete doing the same workout, thereâ??s just going to be modified differently.â??

Jones said the cost of the CrossFit tends to deter many from the program, but with that monthly fee, he said everyone is getting hands on attention to their form, the correction they need, and the expertise to meet the goals people have in mind.

*NOTE* Pronews 7 was contacted by a representative from CrossFit who provided documentation to show that the researcher and publisher of the article mentioned above regarding CrossFit dropouts are currently being sued.