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Strength
Back Squat (6×3 80%)

AM MetCon
Mashup (AMRAP – Rounds and Reps)
AMRAP in 20 Minutes
3 Renegade Man-Makers 30/20
6 Atomic Situps 45/25
12 Floor Sweepers 135/95

PM MetCon
3x The Fun (Time)
400M run
30 OHS 65/45 (rx+ 95/65)
20 Burpee-Box-Jumps 24/20 (rx+30/24)
10 Man-Makers 30/20 (rx+35/25)
REST
3 Rounds For Time
5 Squat Cleans 95/65 (rx+ 135/95)
7 KB Swings 55/35 (rx+ 70/55)
REST
50 Pullups
50 Situps to Bumper (Complete in any order)

The media portrays CrossFit trainers as uneducated and dangerous. Is it true?

 

Do CrossFit coaches lack the knowledge to appropriately train normal people without causing injury or do they simply not care?

Through the Atlanta Affiliate League I have conversations with affiliate owners everyday from around the world. Here’s my opinion on trainers:

Awesome CrossFit Coach

Awesome CrossFit Coach

Like any profession there are good ones and there are great ones. But your impression of a coach is subjective. Similarly your impression of a chiropractor might be that they are the best in the area yet there are probably several local patrons who dislike that same chiro. Simply because a chiro, physical therapist or trainer has unhappy clients does not make them a “bad” chiro, PT or trainer.

Some trainers are more motivational, others are more instructional, all are a blend of both. I know my style of coaching polarizes people. I regularly receive emails from members unhappy about my coaching style and equal amounts of emails from current & previous members lavishing praise on my awesome coaching ability. So which is true? Both!

Sometimes I cringe when I see a CrossFit coach teach a movement slightly wrong or answer a member’s question with complete bullshit, but I also understand that three important points to remember about that coach:

1. He/She probably knows way more than the client so the insight is still valuable.
2. Teaching a movement slightly wrong is often times not dangerous. Rather, it’s just not the most efficient way to move.
3. Every teacher, instructor, parent, and boss gets questions they can’t answer. So they learn for the next time.

You could argue that with the number of ACL tears going on in College Football that the Strength & Conditioning coaches at Div I schools are uneducated or lack knowledge. But with 10+ years of schooling and experience, we all know this to be false. Div I Strength & Conditioning coaches are extremely educated and experienced yet we still see a high number of injuries in college athletics.

Similarly, seeing injuries in CrossFit does not implicate the trainers nor does it illustrate some kind of inherent danger with the program. Just like in professional training environments for the NFL, Olympics, or Div I athletics, CrossFit puts people in motion using a variety of movements. This is dangerous even with the World’s Greatest Coach. Running is dangerous, sports are dangerous, playing with your kids is dangerous all because the body is in motion.

Writes Negative Articles About CrossFit

Writes Negative Articles About CrossFit

I do not believe most CrossFit coaches are uneducated. In fact I believe most of them to be considerably more knowledgeable than others in the fitness industry. We train more chiropractors and physical therapists, more clients in more classes doing more movements than any other type of coach/trainer. Don’t believe opinion articles bashing CrossFit trainers written by a people who have no background in Strength & Conditioning. Peers in the fitness profession have motivation to speak out negatively against CrossFit coaches when they lose clients. A trainer with an agenda can use fear as a final tool to keep people from switching to CrossFit. It’s unethical, but it’s common.

Resist the temptation to join a CrossFit based on membership prices. Do not go with the cheapest option or buy a CrossFit Groupon. Instead evaluate whether the coach and program can help you get in shape and keep you safe. Also take a long look at the culture and environment in the gym. Does the group workout together or is it a group of individuals in the same room? Do you want to stand in a corner doing your workout or do you want to be involved in a community and learn from other members? Ultimately price should be the least important of all the reasons you join a CrossFit gym.

At CrossFit Addiction, we’ve trained more than 600 clients in the 6 years we’ve been open in Acworth/Kennesaw. We’ve had multiple Physical Therapists and Chiropractors as members and see referrals from these professionals every month. Bottom line: We know how to coach, train, and write programming. Newer CrossFit gyms simply don’t have the experience we have.

Every CrossFit gym has injuries and any coach that tells you otherwise is being shady! Ask questions in your free session to ensure the coach has enough experience to make you comfortable. Then trust your coach and use common sense when you workout.