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Use With Caution

09 Nov Posted by in Fun Facts | 18 comments


Have you ever wondered what CrossFit might sound like if it came in a package with a Surgeon General’s warning?  Well, I have!  Allow me to indulge for a moment…

Contents of CrossFit may cause extreme sweating, overall fatigue, temporary soreness, muscle spasms and nausea.  Users may experience sudden changes in body temperature, elevated heart rate, bursts of adrenaline and shortness of breath.

Extended use may contribute to changes in quality of life, increased mobility and improved physical endurance, as well as strengthening of the user’s mental acuity and social capacity.

By-products of CrossFit, such as muscle mass, flexibility, speed and power, can remain in the body for extended weeks at a time, with known consequences.  The storage of these by-products increases the possiblilties for chronic, as well as residual, effects on performance, even after the acute reaction to the initial workout has worn off.  Of special note are the long-term developmental effects in adults, who are particularly vulnerable to CrossFit’s behavioral and psychological effects.

Among the known or suspected chronic effects of CrossFit is weight loss, which can result in lower blood pressure, decreased blood sugar, and improved cholesterol levels.  CrossFit helps reduce signs of aging, elevate appetite, increase lung function, improve immune response, and boost overall health.

Although more research is required, recent national surveys report that 98% of heavy users experience some or all of those symptoms.

CrossFit is habit forming, and may cause extreme dependence resulting in withdrawal symptoms.

CrossFit is not for everyone.  Ask your doctor if constantly varied, functional movement performed at high intensity is right for you.

Today’s Workout

Buy-in:  5 turkish get-ups per side

Technical WOD:  Pullups and Rowing

Part 1:  Kipping Pullup Practice (15 min)

  • Coach/athlete demo of basic swing, basic kip, and butterfly kip
  • If you don’t have your kip, work on the kip swing
  • If you have your kip swing, try the pullup (with or without bands)
  • If you have your regular kip, try the butterfly, chin over vertical plane, or chest to bar
  • Work on sets of 4-10, consistency is key, not max reps at this point

Part 2 – Rowing Skills

  • Coach demo focusing on torso lean (forward and backward) and timing of legs-torso-arms
  • Eliminate early arm pull and incomplete finishing of stroke (handle pulls back into torso – torso does not move forward into handle)
  • 2 minutes each at 24, 26, 28, 30, 32 strokes per minute, with a 1 minute rest in between (effort at 70-80% or 90-95% if you did not compete last weekend – however  you MUST stay at the prescribed rate).

Cash-Out:  Coaches’ choice mobility

Workout of the Day

  1. Justin11-09-10

    Haha, good blog post.

  2. Brett11-09-10

    Well, I don’t think it’s quite as suggestive as the shakeweight commercial, but it might actually be dumber:

    Now I’m worried we aren’t getting enough jawline work in our programming!! Either way, it makes an excellent Christmas gift to the fitness enthusiast in your family!

  3. Harrison11-09-10

    Should also say. “Another by-product from Crossfit is association into a like minded community who positively support your progress. These people may also become your friends and you may find yourself hanging out with them more than non Crossfitters, often chatting about the paleo diet at a local pub.”

  4. Shannon (Bones)11-10-10

    That’s a good addition, Harrison! My creative brain accidentally left that part out….

  5. Deanna11-10-10

    Love it Bones!!!

  6. Amber11-10-10

    Awesome Post!!!! Sold me on this “product” you call Crossfit…. Where do i sign?!

  7. Kathleen11-10-10

    What Harrison says!! If you’d told me a year ago that I’d have great new friends who I talk about things like skipping and new meat stores in town with, I never would have believed you!!

  8. rob powell11-18-10

    I hope you guys do not mind. I used your “use with caution” description of Crossfit today for our website. It just really hit the spot!

    If there is a problem let me know asap!
    Thanks, rob

  9. cam11-19-10

    hey rob, no worries, hope your gang liked the post as much as we do!

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