Sounds like a rant but it won’t be, sorry rant lovers. I get a lot of questions about 2 of them subjects, the other, is just for fun, guess which one it is. In all seriousness, we can learn from every one, even if they are train wrecks or just a waste of time, and I am not talking about crossfit. Here is my thoughts and what I have learned from crossfit, Miss Tracey Anderson and the ever so loving fitness trolls aka pumping keyboards/internet fitness experts.
I’m all for it. I know, I know, How can I say that when I preach for given reps protocol and a strict techniques at every workout. The thing is that those who think that really don’t know me. I am all for strict technique most of the time, but forced reps has its place in strength training and bodybuilding since it started. If there is one thing I can’t stand is people who cut loose when they have at least a few more reps in them. This is were crossfit makes the difference. It’s all about reps and time, most of the time. Which I think it is why it became so popular, they don’t have the risk of getting injured by lifting heavier, which in their eyes, makes it safer. The earlier workouts were done with bodyweight and some barbell exercises. The more advanced workouts incorporate more Olifts and pull ups, plyometrics and so on. There is also the fact that the thought of pushing yourself to the limit makes it more of a tribal gathering because its just badass.
Now, even though I like the principle of crossfit, we can’t argue with the fact that it is very popular and that people like it. Where it gets serious is for those who compete. They are freaking machines. I don’t really like some of the workouts, especially those Olympic lifts with higher reps. The rest, like burpees, thrusters, and all their circuits, I am all for it. We need to stop looking for the perfect training, which there is not, and never will be. Yes, they can correct their periodization and some of their techniques (kipping pullups) but the base line is there, push hard, train hard and give it your all.
My problem with it is those who give it a bad name. Most will find impressive the fact that you train till you puke. Is that really the impression of a great workout? Fuck no. what it tells me is that you might push hard, or the trainer did not gage your weights or training abilities correctly. Maybe once is ok ( 😉 ) but if it happens every single workout, there is a problem. I could eat Mc Donalds every morning as a pre workout meal and puke my guts out just by doing arms. Does that make it a great workout? Hell no. Does that mean I push myself to the limit? It doesn’t mean shit. You eat shit and that’s why you puke.
There is also the fact that you only need a weekend or a week seminar to become crossfit certified, that bugs me…a lot. I get guys who come for internships who have done the crossfit certification and I make them spend a few hours with one of the best Olympic lifting coach in the game, known by the name of Pierre Roy, and they all get a quick reality check. I know, I said you don’t have to have the perfect technique while training, but if you want to teach it, you must master the basics first. No week course will get you that, I’m sorry.
They also have almost no nutritional notions, except the paleo way. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for it, but you can’t give the same protocol to everyone and expect the same results. Maybe that’s why some puke their guts out in the first few sessions. A more personal approach should be taken into consideration when you own a crossfit box. It is no different than any other gym, they might be in just to get your 100$ a month and leave it like that, or they;
1. Truly want to make a difference
2. Get results (fatloss, not just weightloss)
3. Take care of their clientele by showing them and correcting them with the complex exercises
4. Giving them sound and basic nutritional individualized advice to help them recuperate fast from their hard workouts and lose fat in the process.
5. Keep track of their results.
6. CONTINUING EDUCATION
7. Just be the best center around by constantly applying #1 to 6.
They have people’s health in their hands. They shouldn’t take that lightly. Do I rather see people push themselves over their limit or would I rather see people go half-ass in the gym, just in case they get hurt by lifting heavier than they ever would in their life? I’ll go with the first one. Stop being afraid of getting hurt or just getting bigger. It never will happen overnight. In the process, it will always make you a better person and increase your will to live and succeed.
If you want to look into a great periodization system to improve your scores and step your game up in your crossfit box, look into Derek Woodske’s (Man)imal blogs. He is an awesome source of information, and it’s coming from a guy who knows a thing or two about training.
What can we learn from Tracy Anderson?
Well Missy Anderson became a dancer at a young age and was supposedly successful (By the way, she purports to have a dance background, and to have studied at Juilliard during the 1990s. Yet the registrar’s office there has no record of Anderson (or Tracy Richardson, as she was born) ever taking classes at the school), but as she got older, she got fatter and couldn’t lose the weight. So she developed and designed her own programs and lost all the weight. Tracy decided to study and research muscle structure and specific training techniques. Armed with the knowledge from her research from the university of her basement, she developed a computer software program for training to guide her and allow her to keep the balance between weight loss and a healthy body. I didn’t even knew that an Excel spread sheet was called a software, so I guess it makes us all software designers. We learned something here.
After 10 years of extensive research and development, (which we also could call training) Tracy has designed several fitness systems – including bands, bars, and cubes. What a brain! Tracy also designed the Hybrid Body Reformer, an apparatus that uses a fusion of aerobic and dance movements, to re-engineer the muscular structure or whatever that means. The overall mission of Tracy’s method is to strengthen the smaller muscle groups so that these muscles can pull in the larger muscles – which results in a lean figure that is not bulky, because we all know, lifting weights makes us big and bulky…over night…like when you get up in the morning, you say WHAT THE WHAT ??? One thing Anderson advises clients against is running, because it builds up the thighs. Another is spinning, an exercise that she faults for giving a woman a man’s butt.
Anyways, the lesson here is that you can do anything with great success. Just find your niche, which she did. She also in the process, kept alive the fucking notion that lifting weights will get you bulky. The reason why woman buy it is because;
1. It’s effort less. Maybe the feeling of a little workout with the promise of weight loss.
2. They get told what they wanted to hear, that they get big fast when they lift weights.
Last but not least;
Not going to waste too much time on the subjects because they like the attention. In the past few weeks, I’ve discovered a great deal of hypocrites. Made a little clean up and will do the same if the need comes as I seem to find more and more of them. My problem is that I see guys and girls choosing camps. They take a side, without investigating a little further what is behind the hatred, or if it is founded on any truth or just a personal agenda. They spread rumours or distorted statements for the pleasure of their followers. I just wish that they could spend as much time under some weights and providing the best service to their clients as they do spreading misinformation and just plain stupidity for their own lack of back bone, in the comfort of their own home, feeling the huge adrenaline rush of a few likes and approval of a few fucktards who have nothing less to do then just watch the show and spreading the stupidity.
If you don’t agree with a certain way of life, technique or statement, it’s fine and it doesn’t make you a bad person. But if a given person had results with it, who the fuck are you to put them down? In the end, she had results, and this goes for Miss Tracy Anderson as well. I don’t agree with what she does, but we can all learn something from it, like I wouldn’t want the type of clientele she has. It’s as simple as that. So instead of bashing, keep fucking learning. you never know, you might want to use their techniques one day.
Stop the negativity, I think we have enough in the news already. If you can’t admit the fact that we are all different and that some things might work, and some might not, then I don’t think you deserve the title of strength coach, trainer or whatever the hell you want to call yourself. Stay professional if you want to stand out, lack of professionalism seems contagious these days. The lesson here is that if you have nothing good or constructive to say in a civilized manner, just don’t. Your big mouth might make you miss a big opportunity while you were trying to be the Avenger and save us all from the next big deceiver…