The Problem With CROSSFIT

The Problem With CROSSFIT

September 11, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


(midtempo techno music) – What’s up, Elite THENX Athletes? It’s Chris Heria. Welcome to another
video of official THENX. Today we’re going to be talking about the problem with CrossFit. (midtempo techno music) All right, before I get started, I just want to say I
have the utmost respect for all athletes, for everybody that even
engages in physical activities, any type of physical activity, training, swimming, body
building, olympic lifting, yoga, fitness, CrossFit,
all styles of fitness. If you’re doing something active I already commend you and you have my utmost respect. So today we’re going to be talking about the problem with CrossFit. But before we begin let’s search what is CrossFit. So if you search what
is CrossFit on Google, you’re gonna get the
definition of CrossFit, a high-intensity fitness
program incorporating elements from several sports
and types of exercises. All right, so the definition
of CrossFit on Google, that’s actually what I try to do with my training every single day. I try to use the best aspects of different types of training styles to incorporate them
into my workout regimen. So now if you Google
the purpose of CrossFit, it says CrossFit is constantly
varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are
based on functional movements and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weight lifting, running, rowing, and more. So that sounds great,
I’m totally with that, that sounds like you want to use the best aspects of
different types of trainings to get better, stronger,
and more efficient. Now the problem is that over the years has become to do as many reps as you can in as short amount of time as possible, which would mean the
faster you do your reps in the shortest amount of time possible equals the more efficiency or the more efficient you are. Now the truth is anybody that
has been training seriously for quite some time knows that doing an
exercise as fast as you can in the shortest amount of time possible does not mean that you’re
going to become more efficient or more efficient in that exercise. What actually gets me better,
stronger, and more efficient is progressional training with proper form and proper technique. Take pull-ups for example. I’ve had students come into
my gym from a CrossFit gym being able to do 30
kipping pull-ups in a row, sometimes 40, but yet they can’t do
simple, basic pull-ups. And there’s the clear indication
of the problem right there. There’s no progressional training, there’s no proper technique and there’s no form. If you go straight in to doing kipping pull-ups as fast as
you can, and that’s the goal, well, maybe you will
eventually be able to do 50 kipping pull-ups in
a row in under a minute, but you’re never gonna move
on to more advanced things, one-armed pull-ups, high pull-ups, muscle-ups, and so forth. You’re gonna be stuck doing
kipping pull-ups forever, you’re never gonna progress on to doing more difficult things. When I said that CrossFit
sounded like a good idea to me at the beginning of the video, the definition of CrossFit
was supposed to be cross training, taking the best aspects of different types of training and incorporating them
into your workout regimen so that you can be doing different things that you don’t normally do with the same style of training that you typically do everyday, making you more efficient,
more functional, and overall stronger. But the proper way to do that is with progressional training. Take the best aspects of all training but don’t half ass the movements to just say that you’re
doing that type of training. Every type of training comes with it’s own progressional steps. So make sure that you’re learning about and you’re taking those
progressional steps. Take pull-ups, for example, anyone that does Australian pull-ups with good form and good technique is eventually gonna to get
better at this movement, eventually they’ll work their way up to jumping pull-ups,
muscle-ups, one-arm pull-ups, weighted muscle-ups, and so forth. If you start from day one doing these you’re never gonna go anywhere. How can you expect to turn that into even 10 proper pull-ups, let along one-arm pull-ups,
weighted muscle-ups, or anything else? You’re not even getting your body up there engaging the proper muscles, doing it the proper way
with the proper overload. How can you begin to
completely control yourself if there’s nothing controlled
about that movement? So here’s a little home project, guys. I want you guys to do a pull-up, as slow as you can, do two lasting 30 seconds each. Try that. And then try to do 20 kipping pull-ups in a row, you tell me which one is harder. Write it in the comment
section down below. So did you try it? Never confuse high intensity with speed. You can have high intensity and not even do a single rep. Whew! You see, those couple seconds right there are gonna be way more intense on your body than the 30 kipping pushups that you’re doing right here. You’re really not doing anything actually, when you’re doing that
movement right there. In fact, why do that movement? Why increase your repetitions on something that’s gonna get you nowhere? If you were to just practice on something completely controlling your body start on an easy progression, something that you can completely handle, eventually work your way up to just one or two normal push-ups, take a break and practice
those perfect push-ups, you will eventually be repping
out 10 push-ups perfectly, 20 push-ups perfectly, the whole point is that you’re increasing your
perfect repetitions, you’re not increasing repetitions that are not going to get you stronger, better, or more efficient. If you’re doing it like
that and you’re counting it, you’re just counting a number, you’re just making yourself
feel good about yourself, but you’re really not gonna take it to the next level doing that. So if you start with
the proper progressions it’s inevitable that as you keep going on and you master them you’re going to eventually be doing more advanced movements. Whew! So to sum it up, guys, the main problem with CrossFit is that it doesn’t stay true to it’s definition, cross training. Right now the name of the game
is to do as many as you can in the fastest amount of time possible and the main thing to blame is these CrossFit competitions, these CrossFit championships. Like every single competition, championship, in the world, nothing counts unless you do it correctly. In any competition, any championship, Olympic gymnastics,
calisthenics, skateboarding, you have to do the move the right way in order to count. CrossFit is the only
championship I’ve ever seen where you can do
something completely wrong and still earn points for that. Now what does that develop? That develops a cheating attitude. You want to just do it
as fast as possible. Well, hey, I’m doing it the right way but if the guy next to me
is doing it completely wrong and he’s gonna get points for that, I’m gonna start doing it wrong so I can get more points than him. Now that creates a huge problem because now it’s no longer
about the training aspect, the real aspect of the movement, but it’s about who’s getting more numbers than who. And last time I checked, if we’re having a pull-up competition and you’re kipping, that doesn’t count. And making those count is
not going to help anybody, it’s not going to help
you, the person doing it, and it’s not going to
help the people around you that are trying to better
themselves as well. So the actual definition of CrossFit, the one we read on Google, that’s the one that I resonate with, that’s the type of training
that I actually do, cross training, taking different aspects of different styles of training and incorporating them
into my workout regimen. Why? So I can become better,
stronger, more efficient. But that doesn’t mean
that I’m going to take out all the fundamentals, all the technique, all the structure to these movements just to say that I can do them and that I can do them
with a high repetition. That’s not going to do anything for me. So to sum it all up, guys. Do no confuse speed with high intensity. And that is the basic problem for CrossFit right now. Remember, it’s not what you do, but it’s how you do it. You want to be training
in a progressional state so that you are reaching something eventually more advanced,
eventually more difficult than what you’re doing at the moment. Stay humble during your
training and train the things that you are going to
be capable of mastering, do not try to go ahead of yourself, learn how to properly
do things the right way and that is what’s gonna
make you more efficient. Remember, at the end of the day if you stick to the fundamentals, you stick to progressive training, you might start off doing
Australian pull-ups, but eventually you’re
gonna turn those into jumping pull-ups, then
pull-ups, then muscle-ups, eventually one-arm pull-ups. Now you tell me which
person is more efficient, the person that can do something with one or the person that needs
two to do the same thing and you can barely even do it? Let me know in the
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our work out programs. Again, not knocking CrossFitters. At the end of the day cross
training is where it’s at, that’s actually what I do, but let me know what you guys think in the comments section down below and I’ll see you guys next Sunday. (midtempo techno music)