Really can’t comment on Crossfit. I do not have first hand experience with it. Have looked at web site and I do not see a coherent methodology. Remember when you evaluate a method it has to be more than the exercise and more than just getting tired. Look at content and context.


At 12/1/07, 7:07 AM, Blogger Jerry Hill said...

Vern, first time reader after finding your link at Iron Maven.

I read your Bill Ebben Interview, it sounds like he was a CrossFitter!

Why post about CrossFit but not evaluate?

There is plenty of info on the website about methodology. I'm sure a thorough investigation would have you agreeing with most but perhaps also disagreeing on some. Your evaluating could help provide insight and help all of the young coaches who are becoming CrossFit Instructors by the thousands.

There are over 300 CrossFit affiliates, that number will be 1,000 by next year.
We will have an amazing impact on functional training�we will teach the O-lifts and hybrids, bodyweight exercises, rowing, running, and more�
Plenty of our coaches are passionate and motivated to teach but short on experience.
We could use your input, and experience in helping us spread the functional path.

Iron Maven gave out a thoughtful warning to CrossFitters about cleans on her blog, one that will help many athletes and coaches�one also that some Kool-Aid drinking CrossFitters will take offense to�I thought she was very tactful and passionate in her post.

You, Iron Maven, CrossFit�we are on the same functional dominance path, we differ yes but the beauty of CrossFit is that it�s an open source model, one that a world class coach like yourself could help make a huge impact on.

Spend some months evaluating, read the free CrossFit journals posted, and subscribe to the new ones�let us know how you would differ or how you agree after a solid investigation.


In Strength,

At 12/1/07, 11:15 PM, Anonymous Dan Hubbard said...

I have always been skeptical of exercise info on the internet, but am impressed with Crossfit. It does take some searching to figure out their methodologies (here is a link- http://www.crossfit.com/journal/library/06_03_CF_Template.pdf). Crossfit is not designed for a specific sport. They are pretty up-front about that. But, for everyone else who is not performing at a high level in a specific sport, it could be very effective. The methodologies have good scientific support, however the concern is safely and appropriately implementing the training. Many people are not up to the high demands of Crossfit. So, proper instruction, evaluation and progression are key (again it comes down to good coaching). One of the most impressive things about Crossfit, which most other fitness and S&C programs lack, is motivation of its trainees. It doesn't matter how great a program's design is, if you cannot get an athlete motivated to work hard.


At 12/2/07, 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a toxic sport i.e. SkateBoarding, Motor Cross, Sky diving, Ice Climbing your stereotypical adrenaline junkie with that wow factor and with all sports expect injuries.

At 12/2/07, 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMHO, The tipping point has been reached. I think 2008 will be the year that Crossfit breaks into mainstream consciousness in a very big way. At that point, the program - its assumptions and methodology - will receive significant scrutiny. As Jerry said, Crossfit has always encouraged and invited this scrutiny. 2008 should be an interesting year for Crossfit.


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