I have to admit that lately I have a bit of confusion about CrossFit. Yes, I myself, who for the past ten years have been a kind of champion of this training method and the reason is that maybe I missed something and for this I would like to compare myself with all of you.
We are witnessing paradoxical situations in which Boxes that were affiliated but then decided not to renew the affiliation, actually propose genuine CrossFit workouts, while affiliated boxes offer strange combinations of disciplines that, in truth, have little to do with CrossFit. Or at least the one originally designed by Greg Glassman. And for this I am puzzled.
But let’s go by order. Some historical Boxes, both in Italy and in other countries, have decided not to renew their affiliation and so far nothing to say, as what matters is the training methodology. or “Functional Movements, Constantly Variable at High Intensity”. At least this is the definition that I studied at my first L1 in 2010 and I believe it has remained the same. However, since this definition is perhaps a bit tricky for some, let’s take the famous “Crossfit in 100 words”
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep the intake at levels that support physical activity but not the accumulation of fat mass. Train and practice in the main lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, press, C&J (clean and jerk) and snatch. Similarly, to learn the basics of gymnastics perfectly: traction, dip, rope climbing, push-ups, sit-ups, vertical force, pirouettes, jumps, splits and holds. Cycling, running, swimming, rowing, etc. forcefully and quickly. Combine these elements five or six days a week in as many combinations and patterns as possible. Routine is the enemy. The workouts must be short and intense. Learn and practice new sports regularly.
And this is what happens in the “disaffected” boxes, which may also have introduced some other type of training, such as the Calisthenics that is currently in fashion or other activities, let’s say collateral, offered to Box members as alternative or complementary. And even here I would say that it is fine, as long as one knows what they are doing precisely.
Then there are Official Boxes, in most cases recently, which propose a version that “they-know-them-only-where-they-have it”. I recently visited a box in which, apart from the equipment, which was definitely incomplete, but one can always invent substitutes even if certain pieces are indispensable in my opinion, the classes are more or less free-body warm-ups with the addition of some weight lifting elements, not intended as WL but as KB deadlift, extended for an hour. All repeated more or less every single day.
Barbell? Uhm. KB that are not just DLs? Uhm. Gymnastics movements? Uhm. I mean yes, maybe we can consider Push-ups as the only possible gymnastics, but, still Uhm.
And here the doubts arise bully. The L1 guide, to me, seems very clear and in its first part describes exactly the aims and methodologies of CrossFit so either these people can’t read, or they never did CrossFit, or it’s me that understand nothing. Which may well be true, but I put myself in the shoes of a victim who arrives at that Box and someone tell him he’s doing CrossFit. If he ever goes to another Box, what happens to him?
In other words, it’s a bit like someone coming to the our Rowing Club and we putt them on a Kayak or a rubber boat instead of on a Skiff or we tell them to swim which is also a water sport. And once again: Uhm.
In other words, it’s okay to interpret, even to push the boundaries of interpretation, but I believe that the bases should be considered and preserved. Or not? Besides, why affiliating when you then do something different? Does anyone help me to understand?