CrossFit, a type of exercise that has quickly grown in popularity over the past year, has many followers but some people in the health and fitness community are not too sure that it is something to get excited about.
CrossFit is an exercise program that trains people in key areas such as strength, flexibility and agility. With an emphasis on shorter, high-intensity exercise, supporters of CrossFit say it’s a fun and efficient way to become healthier and in shape.
Not unlike many other workout regimes, CrossFit does not come without its critics. Daniel Herrle, a 24-year-old Exercise and Wellness student at Arizona State University, said human beings are not wired for that type of exercise.
“If you put that much stress on your tendons on a regular basis there is a chance that you could get seriously injured,” said Herrle. “You could even separate your shoulder and in some cases rip tendons right off the bone.”
Ed Celaya, a physical trainer at LA Fitness, said CrossFit exercises are meant for people that are already in above-average shape.
“It is a way of pushing your body to its limits by using resistance training, weight training and cardiovascular exercises all in one,” Celaya said. “The average person shouldn’t use CrossFit as a beginning point toward achieving weight loss or mass gaining goals if they are not already in shape for it.”
In the article, Crossfit: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, you can find an outline of CrossFit’s pros and cons to decide if you think it’s worth the risk.