Hey Athletes and Visionaries,
Kevin Ogar is an athlete that suffered a tragic accident during a Crossfit event that left him paralyzed from the waist down. If you have any kind of soul it made you sad to hear this story. As we all know there are people that swear by Crossfit and some who hate it and this accident has open the doors for any Crossfit naysayers to tell everyone with an Ipad how dangerous Crossfit is. Then I read this article entitled The Conversation That Has To Be Had About Crossfit. Admittedly its a well written article that brings up some valid points. So lets have a conversation….
A) Business Side of Most Gyms
When a person walks into most gyms they are greeted by a membership person who works on commission. After they make the sale ( the sale usually comes with a 2 year contract that you have to pay to get out of) the membership person gives you a complimentary session with a personal trainer who also works on commission. They’re goal is to have you sign up for a training package with them and them only so you can best optimize your gym experience. In most Crossfit gyms there are no membership consultants and the Coach gets paid if there are 2 or 20 people in class. There are no contracts so if Crossfit isn’t for you just give them 30 days notice. Most gyms have multiple coaches so when you come to class you come to class for the WOD not the coach. Since you get taught by multiple coaches you get multiple points of view on how to train to best optimize your gym experience.
The biggest anti CrossFit people of seen are bodybuilders. I’m sorry, I love bodybuilding as a sport but drug use, steriods, and test have run wild for years in the sport, with some of their most well known athletes freely admit to taking multiple drugs. Click here for Ronnie Coleman’s daily intake on pills. Most supplements sold at any stores don’t have pass any regulations from the FDA. Most Crossfit gyms preach eating paleo, a practice of eating all natural foods from the earth. Is there drugs and supplements in the sport of Crossfit, yes that I am sure of especially as the sport and prize money becomes bigger. it is a topic that we discuss openly and athletes are tested at the regional and World Level. Even to sign up for the Opens there is a clear list of banned substances.
Every time someone gets hurt people in the fitness industry want to come by each Crossfit gym with fire and pitchforks and tear each box up. People have and will continue to get hurt doing Crossfit. Our job as Coaches and Athletes is to minimize that risk through education and safety precautions. We owe that to our sport, our members, and each other. I can also go on Youtube and look up ugly accidents with Olympic lifters, Powerlifters, treadmill falls, Marathon runners passing out, football players with getting their knees blown out on National Television and then having the TV networks show it over and over and over again. Nascar people crash and in Hockey people fight and skate into each other at ridiculous speeds. My point is injuries happen in every sport.
Why are people in the fitness industry so mad about Crossfit? (Some call Huffington Post, New York Times, The Boston Globe, this needs to be published) The answer is simple, because it works. I’m not saying it works for everyone but it shows the flaws of the most gyms. For over 45 years the only competition most basic gyms have had are informercials on TV. Between the Shake Weight and the Thigh Master, Globo Gyms have laughed all the way to the bank knowing that Suzanne Summers will not take down the industry by herself no matter how tight her thighs are. Crossfit has opened people’s eyes to the sharing of information with not only of fitness, but of nutrition, and that you can take your headphones off and make friends. Globo gyms are losing great talented employees and I’m not saying if you work in a Globo gym you aren’t talented, heck I learned so much through my peers and I have respect anyone in the industry. I’m saying this to gym owners… Things change, pay your employees and value your members. Put the value on the members reaching there fitness goals.
I know what you are thinking…”He’ s Crossfit Coach, of course he will defend Crossfit.” That is true. I believe in defending Country, family, and the things I love and I love this Sport. Kevin Ogar, I love you because you and I are brothers in the Sport of Fitness and what happened to you was awful. I Do Not Love the bashing of Crossfit as if its the second coming of the Bubonic Plague. CALM DOWN! It’s not going anywhere and neither are Globo Gyms. Let’s share ideas. Any comments I’m easy find email me at Bern@reebokcrossfitbackbay.com
-Bern K. Prince