Posts Tagged ‘CrossFit in the Media’

This commerical/segment is now in the top 3 most “fun” things I’ve seen in CrossFit. Any of you who know me relatively well will be able to see why.

Bottom line… go ahead and say CrossFit sold out. This “campaign” of theirs is going to spread the word to so many more people than we can even imagine.

Brace yourselves…. the “Sport of Fitness” really has arrived. The next 3 months leading up to Regionals are going to be NUTS!

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Thanks to Lisbeth Darsh for sharing a great article with the facebook world.

Now while I do think that CrossFit is the most effective strength and conditioning program out there, and while I do think that (when done safely) it is also the most effective training program to get and keep people physically and mentally sound, I try very hard not to bad-mouth other programs out there.

At the end of the day, here is my stance on fitness:
“Doing SOMETHING is better than doing nothing.”

So go ahead and grab that P90X DVD. Do you love dancing to Zumba? Go to Zumba class and dance, then! Do you prefer hot yoga? Go get your sweat on. Do you like doing ALLLL of these things? Even better! Switch it up and keep your body guessing.

My only request is that you try not to make false and insulting statements about “the other guys” along the way. Out there, another person is trying to get the same results as you are. They’re just trying to get there a different way.

This article below, written by Penny Love Hoff (Huffington Post health/ lifestyle/fitness coach), is probably one of the most condescending articles on CrossFit I’ve ever read. To each their own, and I respect her for having her own opinion… but I do not agree with her one bit. 🙂

Here’s how she ends her full article:

“All I believe you need to do in order to live just about as long as the CrossFit cult members is 25-30 minutes of cardio exercise (meaning that you are sweating and you could talk but not sing) four times per week, fifty crunches and twenty push-ups, modified to your knees if needed. Do these most every day. And you will live just as long. Unless there’s a natural disaster and it’s survival of the fittest, then the CrossFit peeps will survive beyond most of the rest of us. But that’s okay with me. I’m not into sleeping on the ground and I’m not much of a survivalist anyway.”

I’ll say one thing more about this approach to CrossFit. Yes, I am aware that many people are “fanatical” about it, and I realize that it can be a turn-off to many. However, I still firmly believe that if someone were to come in and NOT be fanatical about it, they would still become “healthier” and “more fit” than someone who wouldn’t even walk through the door to give CrossFit a shot.

Ok, read on…

Is CrossFit Only For Maniacs?

by Penny Love Hoff (Huffington Post)

Just to keep me on my toes, I’m going to resist the urge to use the term “audacious radical fitness zealots” when referring to CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program for what I would call the “over-the-top” athlete.

On the CrossFit website, they summarize their program in 100 words:

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week. Mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.”

Okay, I agree with a lot of that. But after looking at some YouTube videos of some of the main CrossFit workouts, I’ll bet that in ten years, they will have bad knees, torn rotator cuffs and more artificial joints than me. And the sad thing is that they won’t be able to keep doing what they love to do, which is continue to move with ease and speed. CrossFit is a fitness craze.
Virginia Heffernan wrote about it in The New York Times Magazine. She called it a “grueling online exercise regime that requires near-devotional commitment” and in my (sort of) humble fitness opinion, she is politely understating it.

Of course, nothing’s wrong with have a Goliath-style work(out) ethic and a lofty Olympic-like fitness threshold, but this workout is a joint-buster. It puts the “man” back in “maniac.” Although I did find myself lusting after their handstand pushups and their rope climbs, their hurling, snatching and dead-lifting with near impossible speed. After all, I’m still working on mastering one pull up, but I also imagined their knees exploding on the next ever-deeper squat or their shoulder dislocating as they balanced in a dangerously unnatural angle on the gymnastic rings.

My reaction could just be the mom in me. Or the CPR certified aerobics instructor. Or the non-idiot part of me. Then I had a horrifying thought. What if some of my readers who read my articles about working out look upon my fitness suggestions with an equal sense of disbelief or a similar feeling that I had while reading about CrossFit — that the exercises prescribed are equally impossible?

So the point I want to make is that nothing you have to do to be healthy is super-human –although on some rainy Mondays mornings, it may feel like it. All I believe you need to do in order to live just about as long as the CrossFit cult members is 25-30 minutes of cardio exercise (meaning that you are sweating and you could talk but not sing) four times per week, fifty crunches and twenty push-ups, modified to your knees if needed. Do these most every day. And you will live just as long. Unless there’s a natural disaster and it’s survival of the fittest, then the CrossFit peeps will survive beyond most of the rest of us. But that’s okay with me. I’m not into sleeping on the ground and I’m not much of a survivalist anyway.

Last night the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games were featured during Prime time on ESPN2 (a Major Cable network!). For MANY of you, it may have been the first exposure you ever had to our sport of CrossFit. To avid CrossFitters, it was certainly the most “mainstream” exposure we’ve ever seen given to our sport.

Regardless of your stance and experience with it, what are your thoughts? Did you like learning about CrossFit and the CrossFit Games? If you knew about them already, do you think the shows last night did them justice?

I’m curious to how you all feel about it. All I know is that I was like a kid in a candy store watching some of my friends and other CrossFit starts tear it up! I’m a very active CrossFitter and a trainer at CrossFit Lakewood here in Denver, Colorado, so seeing my hobby and passion being presented to such a large audience actually filled me with a HUGE sense of pride!

If you missed the shows last night, fear not, there are two more weeks of coverage on Wednesday nights! Check the trailer for the show below, and the TV schedule below that.

So…. what’d you guys think?!

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Here's the full schedule of events for ESPN2

As CrossFit continues to blow up in popularity, more and more media sources are going to start covering the “emerging sport.” The latest article I’m sharing comes from the Fast Company website, which is a site founded on the concept of, connecting “ideas and people.”

They cover as many different lifestyle topics as you can imagine, and I have a feeling that this article is going to reach a much larger demographic through its posting. Also, it’s written from the perspective of a relatively new CrossFitter, so many of “our” concepts, terms and thought processes are actually written so the “Non-CFers” out there can understand.

I’ve shared a few parts of the article below, but go ahead and click here or at the bottom of this post to view the entire piece.

~During my four-month experiment with the growing exercise brand, I learned that CrossFit proposes that elite athleticism and seemingly impossible workouts can be survived with a little help from supportive peers pushing each other through the pain.

Group workouts pack the most functional movements of olympic lifting, gymnastics, and calisthenics into a 10-20 minute sprint. The routines are slowly creeping their way into the regiments of all-star athletes and armed forces divisions around the world. They’ve put me in the best shape of my life.

~”I think CrossFit can be for everyone,” says Val Voboril (who is … 9 months pregnant). “It made my pregnancy easier,” she contends, as the “strength, conditioning, and endurance,” helped her deal with the added weight of carrying another human being.

At CrossFit, however, men aren’t always the alpha dogs, such as 106-pound Ting Wang, who deadlifts nearly 3x her body weight in the video below (I still can’t deadlift double my own weight).




Here’s how the author, Greg Ferenstein, closes out his post. I would say it’s not too hard to agree with him with at least the statement below. The next 12 months will be very interesting for the future of the “Official” CrossFit movement.

The strength of CrossFit’s market-oriented approach may also be its biggest challenge. Since workouts and individual culture are largely decided by independently owned gyms, CrossFit can only maintain a level of quality to the extent that trainers buy into the core philosophy and execute smart business practices. Moreover, since Glassman can’t patent “functional, high-intensity movements,” there’s nothing to prevent a Gold’s Gym or military division from wholesale adopting CrossFit’s basic approach without renumeration or giving credit. Ultimately, the survival of the official brand will depend on Glassman’s ability to maintain its community as the exercise program swells.

Click here to read the entire article!