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When my friend introduced me to his crossfit instructor, he said "This is the kind of training thats used for military, firemen and policemen, etc...."
Heres a thread response on a different forum that came from a person with a military background:
Coming from a military background, I have to admit that CrossFit is a huge leap forward from the traditional PT that typical military units follow. I.e. running in formation, pushups, pullups, crunches. The variety and introduction of added weight is exactly what was needed. However, much more is needed to the program. To you "1000" what you're doing, as from what you've said, is not CrossFit.
"You've essentially taken the idea, seen its flaws (at least some of them), and written your own programs, ect. for your clients. You could then do as the creator of CrossFit did, and copyright that. Really, the ultimate flaw in the CrossFit system is the lack of a "program" or a system. I consider it "Chaos for time." Sure, you can get fit doing it, and a select few get very fit. But to point to a beginner in a CrossFit program and say they "got strong doing CrossFit" is wrong.
Place that same beginner in another discipline in resistance training and they'll get stronger as well, focus them specifically on a strength program like 5/3/1 and they'll become much stronger than a beginner at a CrossFit gym. My personal experience with CrossFit, like I said is from a military aspect, and I am not impressed.
The guys tout this method and compare themselves to me quickly see that they're on shaky ground and walk away. Like "njrusmc" wrote above, With any timed event, there is room for sloppiness." Doing squats for time quickly turns into doing something resembling a squat for time, dead lifts are like waiting for a train wreck. The average CrossFitter is not impressive physically or strength wise (conditioning is a little harder to determine without observation) then there are outliers, but don't let them define the average, thats why they're outliers.
From personal experience, I've done some CrossFit workouts with the "guru's" in my command. Yes, it was challenging, but then I gave him my own workout (days later), which consisted of only zercher squats. Not only did he lack the flexibility to do it properly, his strength was horrible. And those of you who've done them (properly from the floor), zerchers are a whole body exercise. I can't remember what coach said it, but essentially it boiled down to zerchers being the single exercise of their choice for testing overall strength."
I'll keep posting videos because I think it's interesting and it will keep the conversation going. Found this one today. Not really technique or anything, but two guys at the top of the 'crossfit' ladder working out for a day.
I also wanted to mention, I don't believe JUST doing crossfit workouts at the way to go for an overall fitness level. I personally like to have a lot of variation in workouts. From swimming, to running, playing soccer, ect ect. Doing crossfit workouts, especially those that do not involve the olympic style workouts are a great way to push myself in a different style. Going to the gym and banging out supersets and more traditional routines can get stagnant, and does not offer the kind of diverse training I am looking for.