Running and endurance work has many proven training benefits. So why are so many CrossFit and S&C coaches adamantly against it? With thorough and careful study, I compiled this ironic list to better identify the reasons our community recommends avoiding endurance activities.
1. You can’t wear a weight lifting belt. Duh… we wear lifting belts for F’ing everything!
2. You can’t wear Reebok crossfitting, rope climbing, box jumping, oly lifting, muscle-upping hybrid shoes. Running shoes are boring… even though they are available in more ridiculous color schemes than anything Reebok makes. You’d think CrossFitters would love them!
3. It doesn’t tear your hands. Runners have been getting blisters for a long time… who cares? Bloody hands are way cooler and it makes you feel like a Navy Seal to rip a callous.
4. Running on a treadmill or spinning on a stationary cycle is stupid… you don’t go anywhere. C2s and Airdynes are awesome!
5. Running causes repetitive use injuries. But make sure you don’t miss your mobility classes and foam roll… it’s thrusters and push presses and jerks and muscle ups after burpees again tomorrow.
6. Running breeds cowardice. Not everyone runs away from the fight. Luckily, enduring a tough, 10 minute CrossFit workout makes everyone feel like they could be a Green Beret.
7. Steady state endurance work is boring. This is America and even though CrossFitters are not sheep and are better than most Americans we still want more for doing less… like an American. If a 15 minute amrap of some “touch and goes” won’t do it, I’ll put on my flat bill hat and eat a paleo snack.
8. Running makes you weak. The last thing we would want is to compromise our big numbers. That 215lbs Snatch is badass. It’s almost as much as Natalie Burgener did at 133lbs BW. If you’ve not noticed, the CrossFit Games is an endurance event full of little endurance events. Falling apart on the last day of competition because you’ve never done anything longer than a 15 minute amrap is sad.
9. Running breaks down muscle. If you’d ever done both, you might know more about how to program them both concurrently, manage diet to offset the increase in volume, and supplement to fully aid recovery athletes can develop strength and endurance at the same time. That’s way complicated… it’s easier to just follow Outlaw.
10. Running makes you fat. There are no fat CrossFitters… some are just carbing up on sweet potatoes. The 2014 Games are right around corner!
Disguise running by programming it like this: AMRAP in 30 minutes – Forward moving alternating foot to grounds.
It is possible to develop endurance and strength concurrently. It takes careful management of programming so not to overtrain and under recover. Anything done too much too often is not good for you. That goes for running and any other training. The benefits of a good endurance base for the general and competitive CrossFitter far outweigh the costs of the endurance training itself. The problems linked to running are from excessive amounts of running. Making general statements that running causes injury or makes people fat is ignorant and displays a coach’s laziness and unwillingness to set the example for his or her clients.