CrossFit has taken over the spare time of many lost souls. Every day thousands of people update their statuses on various social networks to report a hardcore workout. They want everybody to know about their CrossFit experience because the number one rule of CrossFit is:
Make sure everybody knows you’re doing CrossFit.
It seems that talking about CrossFit is more important than the actual session.
That’s because CrossFit has soaked up every corporate nonsense in the world and shares many characteristics of mainstream music – it’s full of flaws, but it’s also popular because the agenda requires it.
Below are the reasons why we believe that CrossFit does not have a pretty soul.
1. It’s not as effective as you think.
One of the things that CrossFit fanatics will never admit is that their training methods are not that effective compared to standard circuits and strength work.
A few months ago, I did a post on Miranda Oldroyd. She shared it on her Instagram profile.
Her fans labeled the post as pure garbage. According to most comments, Miranda is as natty as they make them. While this was expected, there was one statement that I remembered.
Somebody wrote that the reason for Miranda Oldroyd’s muscle development is CrossFit’s extraterrestrial effectiveness. According to that person, common people are unable to comprehend this and therefore accuse CrossFit ninjas of PED use. At that moment, I understood that CrossFit’s brainwashing properties have gotten too strong.
The truth is that there is absolutely nothing special about CrossFit training. It represents a collection of conditioning and strength exercises. CrossFit is one big circuit ignoring the fact that not all ingredients mix well.
A good example would be the Olympic lifts. A quick search on the Internet reveals that CrossFitters have failed to understand one very simple fact – the Olympic lifts are not designed for high reps.
CrossFit fanatics ignore this and many other rules of lifting. The results are actually amusing, but only for those watching the CrossFit fail compilations on YouTube.
There is nothing magical about CrossFit that could possibly come even close to justifying the steroid-like bodies.
CrossFit is neither a miraculous training method nor a philosophy that can help you overcome the shortcomings of natural bodybuilding. It can’t and never will.
2. Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None
CrossFit seems to be against specialization.
The competitors are required to do exercises from various strength and endurance sports. The result is a failure to achieve mastery in any of them.
To get good at something, you have to be dedicated. One of the best ways to never accomplish anything is to do too much at once. When you spread yourself thin, you lose the battle regardless of how big your army is.
When your efforts are denser, you hit harder.
The large number of movements results in an inability to develop a base. And without a base, you don’t have the freedom to make your own choices. The base is the only thing that can set your free. Once you’re more advanced, you can experiment. Until then it seems more logical to learn how to do a few things really well instead of trying to suck at as many activities as possible just to look “hardcore“.
CrossFit is now a billion dollar industry. The prize pool of the CrossFit games is almost bigger than the one of Mr. Olympia. When there is big money at stake, you can be certain that there is also doping.
The usage of steroids is not that important. After all, people should be free to do whatever they want with their bodies as long as it does not harm others.
The real problem is that many girls and boys are misled into believing that they can look like the shredded CrossFit athletes naturally. You can’t. Most are doping their brains out. You can’t have that size and conditioning at the same time.
4. Working HARD does not always equal progress
The fact that something is hard does not make it effective. Masturbating 10 times a day is a very demanding physical activity, but what does it bring you?
Swelling, sore forearm and shoulder pain. It’s the same with CrossFit – the activities make you tired, but do not always push you forward.
Most people doing CrossFit don’t have specific goals. They just do the Workout Of The Day (WOD), vomit and brag about it on Facebook or Instagram.
5. Be cocky or die trying!
CrossFit comes with a special cocky vibe. Every CrossFitter is supposed to be something special.
Another evidence that CrossFit is full of corporate branding would be the certifications.
People are required to pass different courses in order to consider themselves CrossFit experts.
What is a CrossFit expert anyway? Perhaps somebody who can teach you how to do a kipping pull-up?
The truth is that training is not brain surgery. It’s simple. The information that the certification offers can be obtained without emptying your pocket.
The only thing that certifications achieve is the creation of a cult, and as well know – cults have only one goal in mind – to rob.
Most CrossFit fanatics don’t really get it. They need an intervention to get out of the sect. People are paying more for a CrossFit gym than a regular one. In some towns, CrossFit membership costs USD 150 or more a month. I guess the added value is the sect membership fee.
7. It’s not about the people. It’s about the brand.
One of the biggest problems with CrossFit is that the brand seems to rank higher than everything else.