Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
4. Why does CrossFit have such a reputation for injury on the internet?
This requires a two-part answer.
1. "CrossFit" is a very open-source program, meaning that really anyone can participate if they have access to the internet, and are willing to buy some barbells.
CrossFit.com publishes a "Workout Of the Day" every day for free, so "Jamie" sees The CrossFit Games on ESPN, and decides to do that type of training in the garage.
The problem is that Jamie then attempts to do heavy barbell snatches for the first time after watching a video, and tweaks a shoulder muscle. (Barbell snatches are a very technical movement that should NOT be attempted with heavy weight until you have been trained how to keep yourself in a good, safe position) But Jamie was excited about lifting heavy on the first attempt:-(
Then rumors spread about how these movements are unsafe, even though the actual problem was ego-lifting and attempting technical movements without any training or instruction.
As an established training facility with knowledgeable coaches, our main focus at BootHeel CrossFit is proper instruction, safe movement, and progressive advancement. Our coaches won't let you go too hard in the beginning because they know it's a recipe for injury; and that's just bad for business (to put it bluntly).
Our goal is to get you comfortable with the proper movements before you start doing ANYTHING that resembles CrossFit events you may have seen on video.
A good coach is the most valuable investment you could possibly make in your health and fitness journey. A good coach will keep you on the right track with your movements, your progressions, and will be able to help you with so many different areas of the process because he or she is able to see your successes and struggles from a different perspective.
Bootheel CrossFit provides excellent coaching, and an excellent training program. And you can try us out for free, just click here.
2. CrossFit has dramatically changed the fitness industry, so the organizations that were previously the "big-dogs" have scrambled to discredit and slander this new threat to their previously held market share.
Back in 2013 the NSCA published a notoriously flawed study claiming high injury rates in CrossFit, that has since been discredited, and even retracted by The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Here's a good article that explains the whole fiasco with links to all the original studies, articles, and claims... if you're interested in the details.
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