I made a bold statement last night before I taught a yoga class. A friend made mention that CrossFit probably wasn’t a good idea to start when you are in your 60’s or 70’s. And it may not be good for certain athletes, like ultramarathoners. My response:
Sure it is!!
For some reason, "CrossFit" is a trigger word for something crazy and unhealthy. Its too extreme for people and maybe even stupid. You’ll have to read my previous articles on the subject because this is total hogwash.
Why do I bring this up now?
I just read another scientific article, the 2nd in 2 days, that talks about how HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) has so many positive benefits. Yet they did both articles without mentioning "CrossFit". It seems like the notable sports certifications frown heavily on that trigger, so they call it HIIT instead.
My contention (from previous blogs) is that CrossFit isn’t special nor unique. Its been done for ages. I did it in the Army. I did it in Wrestling. I did dog laps and other sprint intervals in Basketball. We’ve all probably done it. But when you tag it with CrossFit, people’s stomachs grow sour.
This is all crap! Really it is. Its all ego driven. Anytime something succeeds and gets too big (e.g., Amazon, Walmart, Apple, Google, CrossFit,…), people see an ulterior motive in their business model. Sometimes, it just is what it is. People developed a more efficient way to do something and succeeded. Deal with it. And grow up!!
CrossFit IS for everyone. If you keep an open mind, you’ll see octogenarians, disabled athletes, and even kids finding a lot of worth from CrossFit. It is "infinitely scale-able". That means there is a modification for every single workout. The prescribed weights and volumes may seem outrageous. But you know what? You don’t have to do that. You don’t HAVE to do anything. Instead of pull-ups, do ring rows. Instead of 285 pound deadlifts, do 75 pounds instead. Its that easy. Its not Rocket Science.
Free your mind and your heart will follow.