Now that I have your attention…
Who has heard this from a friend or family member when you spontaneously started talking about this new great thing you just discovered and tried out called CrossFit? I know I’ve heard it before and its ridiculous. However I don’t blame people, I mean you do need your 6 – 11 servings of bread, cereals, rice, and pasta right?…So why wouldn’t you think squatting is dangerous!
Here is the big secret though… CrossFit can be dangerous, but so can running, swimming, weightlifting, cycling, and just about every other sport or physical activity you can imagine if you don’t know what you are doing! This is the exact reason you need to find a QUALIFIED coach, who knows what he/she is doing, and has actually worked with real people with real problems before.
The good guys (and gals!) will stick to a program that goes something like this:
This stuff is pretty straight forward. The NUMBER ONE priority for any new CrossFitter (or athlete for that matter) should be mechanically correct, safe, efficient movement. If your coach isn’t focusing on teaching you the fundamental in each and every movement he/she is asking you to perform than RUN (with bio-mechanically correct technique please), don’t walk away! Period. Yeah I know you want to lose weight fast, look great naked, fit into that bikini (or man-kini).. I don’t care. Mechanics are more important and without them you’ll never get to where you want to go.
Priority NUMBER TWO is consistency. So you have a perfect squat eh? What if we add a little weight? How about 74 more reps? Maybe you have to do that ONE perfect squat after an 800m run? Still perfect? If it is than congratulations! You’ve graduated to step three. If not then its time to drill those prefect mechanics until that squat is second nature, if you’re not externally rotating when sit on the toilet than you’ve got no business cranking up the intensity just yet! Seriously…
Now we’ve arrived at everyones favorite step, the step everyone who gets a taste of the “Kool-Aid” wants to jump right into. Intensity! This can mean many things to many people but the bottom line with this stuff is this:
Power = Work/Time
Work is exactly what it sounds like, you move a load (barbell, kettle bell, bodyweight) a certain amount of distance. In CrossFit we say stuff like ‘Move large loads, long distances, quickly’ The quickly part equals power and power equals intensity.
So if you follow this simple (fundamental) hierarchy I can almost guarantee you that CrossFit, or any other sport for that matter, will be WAY less risky than you think it is. So give it a try, find a great coach and make sure you let me know what you think!
Questions, thoughts, or comments to any of this are always welcomed!