Many in the strength and conditioning world have had a difficult time accepting CrossFit as a viable training program. The video below is one of a few new indicators that this is changing.
Most strength coaches have cited the lack of organized programming and documented progression as their main dislike for CrossFit. They tend to harp on the kipping pull up or the high rep Oly Lifting too. I chalk it up to a few things: a lack of understanding about CrossFit (and GPP), an unwillingness to accept new ideas, and maybe even a bit of jealously over CrossFit’s rapid growth (loss of potential clients). Admittedly, there have been quite a few bad CrossFits and CrossFitters that have given CF a bad name. Luckily, not for only CrossFit but the entire fitness community, CF is growing and evolving for the better.
No bodybuilder or strength coach can argue with the benefits of CrossFit and the things that CrossFitters are capable of doing. The work ethic and work capacity of a dedicated CrossFitter is without question. The loads they move are respectable and the attention to healthy nutrition is better than most other fitness communities by far. And let’s not forget one of the biggest things CF has become known for… the ladies are hot. Ha.
Recent articles by a few top S&C coaches have not only indicated an acceptance of CrossFit, but an involvement as well. We have already seen what happens when you combine educated and experienced strength coaching with some of the best CrossFit programming. Wilmington Strength and Next Level Training instructors, along with Will Kuenzel of Energized Fitness Solutions, have provided training concepts and knowledge virtually untapped by the CrossFit community. Those concepts have undoubtedly helped make CrossFit Wilmington’s programming one the most respected in the biz.
PICP/BioSignature Instructor Derek Woodske on CrossFit
Crossfit – Day4/ Week 1
Deadlift 5 x 5 (4,0,x,0) – 2 minutes rest b/tw sets
4 Rounds for time…
10 Thrusters (135/85)
50 Double Unders