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I don't mind the idea of being well rounded as an "athlete" but I think that CrossFit is promoting a dangerous training modality.
Ive used it and I have to admit I loved it. Though if you wanna be the best at what you do (BB, PL etc) its better to specialice yourself. It can be dangerous especially when you get tired and have to do high rep squats or deadlifts but all in all I find it a highly effective programm if you wanna become an overall good athlete.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Try it out ;D
I love crossfit.
I would not use them for many athletes though as they have very little sport specificity. Take a basketball or soccer player, the time spent on crossfit training is time that could have been spent working on making them jump higher, or run faster.
That's why it's called 'crossfit', it's meant to give large levels of general fitness in a variety of areas. Elite athletes need to be as good as possible in their sporting tasks.
i completely agree with everything you just said....but even tho crossfit is not exactly sports specific, if done correctly with proper form and intensity will definetly help someone run faster, longer and with proper form, jump higher, be stronger over all, be mentally stronger and so on and so on... by the way thanks for having an open mind..i do understand this is mainly a bb website... i just think more ppl should at least try cf, but its def not for everyone! ive only been doing crossfit for 2.5 months and im in the best shape of my life. stronger and faster then ive ever been!
I'm not doubting though that you're seeing great fitness improvements, I like the program overall, but I wouldn't use it for high level athletes, and I wouldn't include exercises where your form can't help but suffer when you're tired and risk injury (heavy squats, deadlifts especially)
I'm not a fan of crossfit because of its lax form requirements and high repitition of complex movements (you just can't physically do more than a handful of proper reps on a clean and jerk or snatch). Aside from that I agree that the concept is great. But it really won't make an athlete better (if anything worse) and it doesn't really target anything, so you don't really get better.
Crossfit-- great program for someone looking to be fit, healthy, improve general strength, endurance.... don't do high rep squats and deads though, and concentrate on good form. Not a great program for elite athletes.