CrossFit is Crossing the Line


Ok, CrossFit-ers, enough is enough. I know a LOT of you choose CrossFit as your workout of choice, and I have no problem with that, but I think a select few of you have taken it too far. For those of you not familiar with CrossFit, there is a daily Workout of the Day (WOD) that gets posted at your local CrossFit gym. During a CrossFit WOD, your goal is to do “X” number of exercises, “X” number of times, and in the fastest time possible. For example:

40 Wall balls to 8ft target for both genders
21 Deadlifts 75# (for both genders)
30 Wallballs
15 Deadlifts
20 Wall balls
9 Deadlifts
10 Wallballs

What I’ve found over the last few years is that this combination is a recipe for disaster. People are getting hurt, and I’m hearing about it. When you call the clinic, you always say, “Well…I was doing my WOD, and on my last set I…(insert injury here).”

Please hear me: I don’t believe you all are getting hurt because of CrossFit but instead the body you’re bringing to CrossFit. The body coming in to the gym is completely dysfunctional and gets more compromised the more fatigued you get throughout the workout. By the time your last set rolls around, you have totally lost your form, your body is compensating, and you’re getting injured.

While adults doing that can be dangerous enough, I about blew a head-gasket the other day when I read about a children’s WOD, and it’s because of that workout that I’m writing this post. I’m not anti-CrossFit, but I am anti-children’s-CrossFit. 

Anyone who thinks this is a good idea needs to take a look at the following picture. Seriously? THIS is who you’re taking through your workouts? THIS is the body type you’re expecting to hold “good form”? This kid doesn’t stand a chance of holding his form. He doesn’t have “good form” to begin with!

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We’re taking a generation of kids that is exponentially more sedentary than the generations before them, and we’re asking them to keep good and proper form while performing high-intensity exercises over an extended period of time. How’s that working for you? More importantly, how is that working for the children? Taking them through WODs might eventually mean an incredibly busy schedule here at the clinic for me, but I can honestly say that I do NOT want those clients.

What happened to letting kids play? What happened to climbing trees, riding bikes, and playing war in the backyard? What happened to neighborhood whiffle ball games?

Do we really need 8-year-olds performing high-intensity workouts? Who came up with this idea?

And by the way, the WOD that I shared earlier was for children. Keep in mind I’m an active, healthy, almost-35-year-old adult, and I’d have trouble doing that workout without compromising my form. I can’t imagine asking my 6 year old to do that workout without compromising form.

Someone PLEASE stop the madness before I’m overloaded with pre-teen clients on my schedule. Please.

QUESTION: Would you let your child do a CrossFit workout?