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By now I’m sure many of you have seen or read that article thats been passed around all over the web saying that crossfit is the russian roulette of the fitness world. The article, if you haven’t seen it do a google search – I refuse to link it here, talks about the disease known as rhabdomyolysis, which is a condition in which muscle tissue becomes severely damaged releasing proteins into the blood and leading to renal (kidney) failure. This condition occurs under situations of extreme exertion, in individuals whose bodies are nowhere near prepared for the stress imposed on them.
“Rhabdo” is a real and dangerous condition, no argument there; however it is not something that ANY OF YOU need to be worried about at any point and I’ll tell you why.
1) Your coaches know and understand proper exercise and metabolic progression.
We love you guys. Honestly we do, we enjoy every minute of every day we get to work with the motivated, hard working, energetic, and enthusiastic group we have been blessed with. We will always be here pushing you, encouraging you, and asking you to give us your best effort BUT At NO POINT do we want anyone puking, passing out, or breaking down, in an effort to deem a workout hard enough. That is not how we as a group progress and improve. This is why you often see us custom cutting and shaping a workout for many individuals. Training and exercise has be shaped to your fitness level to be effective, a simple blanket workout with no shaping for people on different ends of the spectrum is a recipe for bad things to happen. Rhabdo is a result of an individual doing too much work for their current capacity, to a point where any reasonable coach should be able to see, which is why having a good coach who knows how to progress/regress you is so valuable.
2) Your Box cares about HOW YOU LIFT AND TRAIN
We spend so much time drilling and practicing the technique of complex movements because in a fatigued state your body will revert to what it has patterned most often. Having proper technique and selecting weights correctly for a workout, is possibly the single most important element of avoiding internal or external injury. Sadly this is not the case at many crossFit Operations. We have heard many stories from you guys while traveling that the attention given by coaches was far from adequate to ensure the safety of all participants. Knowing this fact (that each crossfit gym will approach their training differently) you can see why it so frustrating for us when “crossfit” is criticized on a macro level, when each box is its own entity.
3) You will never be forced to do something you are genuinely uncomfortable with here.
While we will always encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and try new exercises and movements, you will never hear a coach yell at you for not doing x,y, or z movement, especially anything that relates to an injury/health issue. At any point during a workout if you aren’t feeling well, or feel things beyond traditional exercise discomfort, we will immediately take action, rather than yell at you to keep going.
Exertional Rhabdomyolysis can happen, and it certainly has occurred in crossfit. Its also happened in high school football, cycling, the military, soccer, and probably even competitive cup stacking (those guys are intense…youtube that stuff) and the list goes on…. It is absolutely not something that is intrinsic to CrossFit, and it is certainly not something that occurs with any kind of regularity. It is far more likely that you will get injured on the way to a workout then in the workout itself. You could fall out of the bathtub after a shower and die… Have you stopped showering as a result? Also have you checked some of the numbers on the risks of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, heart disease, and the like? Yea…all a hell of a lot higher then rhabdo.
Exercise has its risk no doubt about it, but thats why you come to CFR, thats why you pay a little more than your commercial gym buddies, because we are here to guide you, to minimize that risk, keep you as healthy as possible, and make sure you have a damn good time doing so. Again we love you guys, and we would never want to see anything like that happen to you. Whenever you read these CrossFit bashing articles, before losing faith and passing judgement remember to analyze each gym as its own entity. Don’t let the fear mongering of the weaklings of our race deter you…you are better then them…you are alpha…you are RESILIENCE STRONG
Here are some other great responses to the article by the cowardly physical therapist Eric Robertson (God forbid he meets a task in which he has to exert himself, he may suddenly collapse and die of rhabdo…)
(^ dont entirely agree with this one but it has some good points)
Also check the link I shared on our facebook page!
Have a great day! Don’t fear immeasurable power and dominance!