Is CrossFit good anymore? CrossFit was really big when it first launched. It hit the market and it seemed like every gym was converting into a CrossFit gym, and everyone I knew was doing their patented Workout Of The Day WOD. Now that some time has passed, and a few certified Crossfit Gyms have closed we see the shiny new factor wore off.
A lot of the promises that first came out with CrossFit, seemed to fade into the distance. The promises that it was the only workout program you would need, no matter what you were into, seemed to disappear. So what is CrossFit good at training?
How You Get Good At Athletic Activities
Before we analyze whether or not CrossFit is good for a specific activity or not, I would like to introduce you to a principle taught to Certified Personal Trainers by The American Council on Exercise. The Specific Adaptations to Implied Demands principle (SAID) states that a body will adapt to the stresses you put on it. If you want to run faster, you have to practice running faster. If you want to become a better swimmer, you better swim. So, in evaluating whether or not Crossfit is good for training a specific activity, I will be applying the SAID principle against a month of WOD protocol posted on the CrossFit Website.
Is CrossFit Good At Training to Run?
The basic principle of most CrossFit workout of the day programs includes a mixture of training both strength and cardiovascular fitness. Let's take a look at two samples of the WOD protocols developed by CrossFit
Run 800 meters
315-lb. deadlifts, 10 reps
Run 800 meters
Run 400 meters
Rest 90 seconds
After browsing a month of Crossfit WOD protocol these were the two protocols that included running. To break this down 400 m is 1/4 mile and 800 m is 1/2 mile. In one month this is about all the running the official Crossfit Website has you doing. Not exactly the best for training running if your look at the SAID principle.
Is CrossFit Good for Strength Training?
Throughout the month on the CrossFit workout of the day page, there were plenty of days dedicated primarily to weight training. If you're wondering is CrossFit good for strength training, the answer is probably.
Why only probably?
Well, CrossFit doesn't follow traditional weight training protocols. The focus of CrossFit on many of their strength training days is to make sure that you are doing as many repetitions as possible. This is great if you are looking to build endurance in the targeted muscle groups. But for solid strength gains, it may not serve you well.Is CrossFit good for endurance style strength training? Yes! But it falls short when building muscle mass needed to see a lot of gains in true strength.
Is CrossFit good for endurance style strength training? Yes! But it falls short when building muscle mass needed to see a lot of gains in true strength.
What is CrossFit Good at Training?
At this point, you probably think I am one of those CrossFit hating writers who will tell you to avoid it at all costs. But that isn't true. CrossFit has its purpose. Mainly CrossFit is great for training overall functional fitness and health. CrossFit is perfect for crosstraining days for athletes who train for specific events.
But if you're training to compete in a triathlon, or for a weightlifting competition, to run a race, or to hike the Appalachia; CrossFit is not going to cut it for you. CrossFit doesn't train you for anything specific, and because of that it really is like it isn't training you to do anything.
Is CrossFit good for a lot of sports, no? But it is amazing at training people to compete at the CrossFit games. Yes, CrossFit created their own competition for those who are passionate about the workout program. And for those people, the only way to train is through CrossFit.
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