Quote from BCgradnurse
I've seen a lot of patients in Urgent Care with injuries from CrossFit. There's not a lot of instruction or support in the CrossFit "boxes", and it's too competitive. I think it is a bit of a cultish mindset. There are better and safer ways to work out. I think it's ok for someone who is already very fit and knows good body mechanics. I don't think it's a particularly safe way to get in shape for most people.
I wouldn't do it myself. I already have issues from overtraining and improper training in gymnastics years ago as a teen. Two of my son's friends are degreed, professional athletic trainers who work with college and professional athletes. They don't feel CrossFit is safe for the average person.
Hi. I am a nursing student still. I am an avid researcher - have been addicted to information for most of my life. I am a Crossfitter, and have been for the past 4 years. My husband is in the Army, and he is also in school getting his PhD. He is also a certified Crossfit coach at our gym. We like information!
That being said, there is a ton of misinformation among st people about everything related to Crossfit. Our gym owner is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. The majority of Crossfit gyms are extremely friendly to the "lay person." They want to coach people to good health. They love fitness - and they also want their members to be safe.
I have only belonged to two different gyms. My coaches have all been very good, safe coaches. I imagine poor ones are out there (but you can find that in a globogym too).
Personally, I think the Paleo typical diets that Crossfit gyms promote is healthier than what the random globogym trainer will purport to its members. It's a diet I would rather recommend, as a nurse and health advocate.
We have several medical doctors as members of our gym. We have two other nurses. Several DPT's (and a few students). We have had fire fighters and EMT's.
In my four years have there been injuries? I have never seen an injury happen where it has limited someone from coming on a regular basis. One week we all ran sprints during the workout and we were ALL complaining about pulled hamstrings. Was it an injury? Not really - but should we have been instructed to warm up better? Yes, probably.
Crossfit coaches encourage individual programming. We all lift our own weights, run at our own speed, and scale to our own needs. Anyone can hurt themselves at any time, at any gym.
At some point, you have to stop blaming someone else for everything that happens in life.
In my four years I have never met anyone that said "Crossfit injured me and now I can't work out."
I think it is a really good functional fitness.