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“CrossFit” Popular, But How Smart?

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Is Beating the Crap Out of Your Joints REALLY Your Goal?” It may be time for “regular folks” to pump-the- brakes a bit before deciding on Cross Fit as their day -in and day-out workout of choice. Is Cross Fit a good thing? First, define “good thing”? My 1st thought: If you’re engaging in Cross Fit to compete at it, or improve your specific ability to perform spe- cific “Cross Fit” movements – Sure. In that case you’d be saying, “Cross Fit is MY “sport” of choice”. However, if your real goal is to increase your strength or improve the way your body looks, you should NOT make it your “training-method” of choice. My 2nd thought: For those who regularly en- gage in Cross Fit – even if they’re lovin’ it, I wonder how their joints, ligaments, and muscles will feel, a few years from now. The bone-jarring, ballistic move-

ments of Cross Fit are a lot like those in actual sports such as football and soccer. Ask Pro Athlete who has spent a good portion of their lives competing in such sports, how middle-age is treating them? Most can hardly walk normally, never-mind getting out of bed in the morning. In my own track n’ field days, I lived on a steady diet of plyometrics, depth-jumping, and jump-squats. I shudder to think what my body would look like today if I continued to train this way to-date. My 3rd thought: I remember an old adage – “Do NOT Play Sports to Get in Shape – Get IN SHAPE to Play Sports.” An effective strength- building workout should consist of slow controlled movements – NOT ballistic and joint- jarring routines. The goal of course is to better-prepare our body “for” the joint-jarring ac- tivities involved in sports. Bottom-line: Training is supposed to “strengthen” our body. Conversely, “Sports” beats the crap out of our body. That’s NOT a bad or a good thing – for competitive athletes, it’s simply the cost of doing business. I am NOT “hating” on Cross Fit. It what it is. In a new world of “EXTREME” everything. It appeals to a bad-ass, testosterone-driven, machismo that exists in many of us. Can you increase your fitness level doing it? Absolutely, but at what cost?

Do We Need Muscles?

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Do we need muscles?

The need for efficient strength training: do we really need muscles?
The causes of 80% of work related injuries are to be found within the musculoskeletal system:
Muscular atrophy: muscle that is not used vigorously on a regular base is gradually broken down
Pre-weakening of stabilising muscles: leading to overloading of the joints
Cartilage growing thinner: leading to more frequent joint injury
Overuse of remaining muscle fibres: leading to chronic pain

Strength training counteracts this – it gives us:
The means to maintain or increase muscle mass
Stronger bones – a stronger skeleton
Thicker and firmer cartilage
Increased metabolism
Improved fat metabolism
Lowered blood sugars
Lowered blood fats
Lowered blood pressure
Improved back strength – by strengthening stomach muscles
Reduced risk for joint wear that leads to joint pain
Improved flexibility, strength and stamina
Faster, more efficient healing

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