Exercise is unquestionably vital allfollow to health and wellbeing. Therefore we all need to exercise as no one needs to spend his or her time hunting for or gathering food anymore.
My patients often ask me about what types of exercise I see as the most effective and beneficial to their health. Personally, I believe in moderation; enough of something to cause weight loss, muscle growth or improvements in fitness, but without over doing it. Too much of a good thing ruins it, and fitness is the no exception.
Crossfit is undoubtedly the most popular current fitness craze, but is it kept in moderation or do people get hooked in and end up doing too much of this potentially good thing?
I really like cross fit, their mantra of form before loading should keep participants safe and I would much rather see a patient for an exercise related injury than see them sitting on the couch all day.
So why do we see so many injuries from this form of exercise?
Crossfit work outs usually incorporate large muscle groups in full body movement patterns such as deadlifts, squat press and overhead squats. These exercises are hugely beneficial but must be done safely and at the correct time during a work out. Too many injuries come from workouts that start off at high intensities and end with the full body lifts I mentioned earlier.
These intense starts cause fatigue. When fatigue is setting in, it doesn’t matter how many times you have been shown correct technique, your body is going to recruit the wrong muscle groups at the wrong time to make up for the lack of strength in fatigued muscles. If you are then instructed to do 10 reps of a full body movement pattern as quickly as possible, injury is likely to occur. I don’t however see this as a problem with crossfit itself, but rather with who is coaching the class.
Therefore if you want to do crossfit, awesome, just keep the following in mind:
1, Start in a class of people with similar fitness levels and if you take a break don’t rush back to the same level you were at.
2. Learn the proper technique.
3. Don’t let yourself lose this technique just to finish a few more reps or beat your class mates. Injuries can occur regardless of how careful we are but by keeping these points in mind and ensuring that your body is biomechanically sound, we can attempt to minimize slip ups.