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  • You've heard about it, you might even be doing it. And I've been asked questions about it

  • myself. Today I'm going to cover them all for you with the Pros and Cons of Crossfit.

  • What's up guys, Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.COM

  • Today, as I mentioned in the open, we're going to talk about Crossfit. Now it's no doubt

  • an extremely popular way to train.

  • And I've been asked countless questions over the last two years of where I stand on Crossfit.

  • So, my mother always told me, before you say something not so nice about somebody, you

  • should start with a compliment.

  • So what we're going to do is we're going to start with the Pros of Crossfit.

  • And that starts right now with number one, I feel the Challenge Based Training of Crossfit.

  • What I mean by that is the incentivized training, right .

  • We're familiar with the challenges, the workouts of the day that Crossfit puts up. And it basically

  • is there with time or reps or some sort of metric for measuring.

  • I like it, ok. Anybody that's done our ATHLEANX program is very familiar with our ATHLEAN

  • challenges. Why those are good?

  • As a guy who works with athletes, I know that the way to get the most out of them is to

  • give them a target, to give them a specific goal.

  • And to give them some metric to compare themselves against others, peers or other guys on their

  • team or even their competitors. To drive them to reach those goals.

  • And know where they stand with good objective feedback. So right there, right off the bat,

  • love the challenge based training of Crossfit.

  • And of course other things too. So we're going to get to those now.

  • Up next on the list of Pros, the Metabolic Conditioning versus Steady State Cardio.

  • Anybody that has followed ATHLEANX for any length of time or tried our programs, can

  • certainly attest to the effectiveness of our Burst Training Conditioning, right.

  • We do not need Steady State Cardio or have to rely on Steady State Cardio as our only

  • form of generating a raised heart rate,

  • an elevated heart rate for the purposes of improving our conditioning and fat loss efforts.

  • Here we can certainly do that by using anaerobic type straight training activities and put

  • them into a structure where you're getting a metabolic conditioning effect,

  • simply by the fact of how you're layering and structuring these exercises, one after

  • the next.

  • We understand guys, that this is not only a more exciting way to train but it also can

  • be more effective than steady state cardio

  • that will burn possibly a higher percentage of calories from fat but in an overall effect

  • much fewer calories so the effect is minimized, right.

  • We want to make sure that we're burning more total calories from fat than we are percentage.

  • Because at the end of the day it's the total that matters.

  • And I think again here, Crossfit gets that right.

  • Number three, there is no denying the benefit of teamwork and that's one thing that you

  • can not argue when it comes to Crossfit.

  • They have built and developed a community and a comradery amongst their followers that's

  • second to none.

  • That is something that I can tell you first hand, having worked with pro athletes, when

  • you have a tight knit team,

  • accomplishing things you didn't think that were possible, become that much easier. That's

  • something, again, that we strive to do here at ATHLEANX.

  • Again, theres a lot of things guys, that we've been doing for a long period of time, that

  • will be similar to some of the things and benefits I think, of Crossfit.

  • Because I do think that there are some things that are being done right. Building a tight

  • knit team of people is something that we work here on, even on youTube,

  • as you guys who are my followers and subscribers can attest to. Being part of Team Athlean

  • means something.

  • And it's where I'm able to deliver and bring to you guys the best that I've got, because

  • I know I've got your support.

  • And I know there's good reason for me to work as hard as I do every day. The same thing

  • happens back in return, when you follow my programs, you give your best effort, you get

  • the best results.

  • I think a lot of that is happening here because of the teamwork and community built right

  • into the framework of Crossfit.

  • Ok, so now I know that a lot of guys that watch these types of videos, the Pro versus

  • Cons, they always like to see the Con, ok.

  • And my goal here in creating this video, was not to sit here and bash Crossfit.

  • I think it's my responsibility as a professional and strength coach to give you guys what I

  • feel, are the real down the middle reasons for why I don't particularly care for this

  • type of training.

  • And in sticking with that, again as a professional, the number one con for me is the Low Barrier

  • of Entry for Coaches to become Crossfit professionals.

  • And to open up their own boxes and to institute training protocols for people that follow

  • them.

  • See what even the most ardent Crossfit followers will tell you is that what they know today

  • and what they see today being performed in Crossfit facilities

  • is far different than what was originally intentioned back in 2006 or so when Crossfit

  • first hit the scene.

  • And the fact of the matter is that the commercialization and the monetization of Crossfit, meaning

  • that anybody can go and open up a box after a weekend certification.

  • Paying a small sum of money when you consider what it is these people are making after they

  • open up their boxes, Is just breeding bad coaches.

  • Now does that mean that there are no good coaches, absolutely, 100% not. There are some

  • fantastic coaches out there that are running Crossfit boxes.

  • And for those people that are attending those facilities, I would say that they are in good

  • hands. The problem is, that is a very small minority, ok.

  • Again, as a professional, this is what I do for a living. I've gone through all of my

  • college education preparing me as a physical therapist and as a strength coach to hopefully

  • provide you guys with that next level content.

  • That you can depend on and rely on. That is far different than what you might get on your

  • regular youTube channel or even in your regular fitness facility or gym.

  • And I take that as a responsibility. And I again, this is sort of a sore spot for me.

  • Because I recognize that when you have coaches that provide an opportunity with a very low

  • barrier to just enter into this as a profession,

  • that can then give out and dole out information that is just completely poorly designed and

  • really irresponsible, we get a lot of injuries happening.

  • And I think a lot of the blame that Crossfit gets for creating injuries is based upon the

  • fact that the programing being done,

  • straying from maybe some of the original intent of the Crossfit programing, creates a lot

  • of potential problems. So, first and foremost, that is my number one complaint.

  • Number two, technical exercises should remain technical. What I mean by this guys is there

  • are some exercises that I like to say are technically demanding in the gym.

  • And those are primarily your olympic lifts, right. These are the exercises like overhead

  • snatch, clean and jerk,

  • things that require lots of work and practice on the technique, in order for you to get

  • better at them, to perform them properly and safely.

  • Now my issue with Crossfit is, and again this is something that is not picking on them,

  • it's just a fact of their programing, that they like to include a lot of these olympic

  • style lifts and do them for high reps.

  • Now it doesn't matter that the load is significantly reduced from what you might associate with

  • an olympic lift, right. High rep max, you know 90% rep max, things like that, getting

  • into the higher and heavier weights.

  • But that doesn't make it any more proper to program them in that way. Because as I've

  • always said guys, A Great Exercise Can Become A Bad Exercise when the sequencing is bad.

  • And there is a particular workout from Crossfit that is actually dedicated to one of their

  • fallen Soldiers, which is something, again, of a con, (Sorry, meant to have said PRO),

  • I would say, I do like that they pay tribute to, in certain ways with their workouts. But

  • this is one that actually, I don't believe in, is sequenced properly.

  • There's a deadlift that's then followed by a clean and press. And for those guys that

  • are familiar with the deadlift, again going high reps on a deadlift when you're trying

  • to perform the exercise properly is not the best idea, right.

  • There's so many areas we can break down along the kinetic chain, mostly in the low back,

  • alright.

  • To stabilize you're going to need to work overtime, especially as those rep counts continue

  • to get higher and higher.

  • You then follow that with an exercise that demands explosivity but will also obviously

  • demand that core be just as stable and tight and protective as it was on the very first

  • rep of the original exercise.

  • Unfortunately guys, that's where the breakdown occurs. Fatigue is going to set in. Anybody

  • that does Crossfit can tell you that they feel fatigued when they're done with their

  • workouts.

  • But that fatigue doesn't necessarily lend itself to stability through the progression.

  • So you're taking these technical exercises that require,

  • again a good amount of practice and work to perfect the technique to do them safely and

  • you're throwing them into these randomized

  • protocols and sequencing that only winds up fatiguing you further. And that's going to

  • lower, again the likelihood that you can continue to do those safely.

  • So again, injury risk goes up because sequencing and programing is poor. The sequencing and

  • programing could be poor again,

  • going back to that first reason which could be the coaching and the guys that are laying

  • out those workouts.

  • So yet again, it sort of goes into, who you're following and who you're listening to and

  • could that be causing your workouts to become sacrificed in a big, big way.

  • Lastly, number three, my biggest issue when it comes to Crossfit is the concept of training

  • versus exercising. Now the difference between the two lies in one thing and that's purpose.

  • I've said before guys, if you're going to exercise or workout but you lack purpose in

  • doing it then you're not really training.

  • Remember athletes train. But guys who just like to workout, exercise.

  • And I think that's sort of where the big disparity has occurred with Crossfit. That the type

  • of training because of the randomization of it has become very much just a form of exercise.

  • Not a bad thing. And certainly capable of getting guys in decent shape.

  • Right, because they're getting a workout in. They're feeling like they're exercising. They're

  • feeling like they're getting the heart rate up, right, they're sweating.

  • But when I talk about training, I'm talk about working out with a defined purpose. And when

  • we talk about working with pro athletes, there's a defined purpose.

  • There's a specific goal. So you start with an assessment of where you're at. You define

  • a specific goal of where you want to be.

  • You set up a period of time of how long it takes to get there. You set up milestones

  • along the way so that you can see how close you are to achieving that specific goal.

  • And then everything in between, every workout, right every rest it, everything is geared

  • toward the purpose of progressively moving you towards that goal in a safe productive

  • manner that is specific to that goal.

  • That is the key, that is what training is and that is unfortunately guys, where I think

  • that Crossfit misses the mark.

  • And again, it's not to pick on and a lot of it can be blamed again, on the coach, whoever

  • it is that's setting up the programming.

  • Because there are some guys who are great coaches who have decided to follow Crossfit,

  • who have said, you know what, I can make it better.

  • I can build in plan, training and progression in a really logical systematic safe way. And

  • by doing so they've actually improved the quality of the entire discipline.

  • I can tell you though unfortunately like I said in step one, those guys are few and far

  • between.

  • Alright, you know who you are if you are one of those guys but those guys are few and far

  • between.

  • So what I like to do here again, as a coach, as a physical therapist, as a guy that trains

  • pro athletes,

  • as a guy who feels a responsibility as a channel owner on youTube to get you guys the most

  • effective, safe, productive, progressive training.

  • I feel like we need to start getting away from the idea of just exercising and start

  • elevating our focus to become more focused on training. That's what it's all about guys.

  • Having a specific purpose in mind and getting you there in a logical progression, safely

  • and specific to that goal that you've established.

  • So if you guys haven't already, if you're not familiar with our ATHLEANX training program,

  • that's exactly what it is. That's why I call it a training program.

  • We help you access where you're at, we try to meet you at where you're at, right now

  • physically.

  • I understand, not everybody is going to be capable of doing the exact same things right

  • off the bat.

  • So we build in ways in our programing to accommodate people at all levels of fitness and help them

  • get to that next level.

  • Even if it means going back and repeating a certain period of time. As some guys that

  • have followed our program understand, right.

  • That's through our challenges, and scoring you based on our challenges. But only progressing

  • you as we know you're able to.

  • And then also having ways to understand when it's time to push the pedal and get more out

  • of yourself.

  • And understanding and appreciating the benefit of a rest day.

  • And how some days feeling a little bit easier are meant to be that way because it's known

  • that the next day we're going to push you further than you've been pushed you before,

  • right.

  • So it's all done with this progression, setting up the starting and end points. And laying

  • out the foundation to get you there, safely, progressively, and always specific to that

  • goal.

  • And that again, is what we do and that's what the whole ATHLEANX training system is.

  • So if you haven't already guys and you're looking for that type of program, then head

  • to ATHLEANX.COM right now and see what it's like.

  • Join Team Athlean and start training like an athlete.

  • Ok, so there you have it, again the intent of this video was not to sit and bash Crossfit.

  • Because as I said, there are some things that are being done well.

  • And unfortunately a lot of things that aren't being done well, are being done by guys who

  • probably shouldn't be doing it in the first place, right.

  • The responsibility is on the coach, always, to provide the right type of training.

  • And hopefully this video laid out what I felt was a good down the middle assessment of what

  • Crossfit's about.

  • Enough to at least spark a discussion amongst you guys to start leaving your comments down

  • below and let me know what you think.

  • Hopefully you found it helpful, leave me a thumbs up.

  • And in the meantime, I'll be back here in just a few days with some more videos

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