I will boldly state right now that I’m not a fan of Crossfit, and will be delighted when its novelty wears off. I’ve dedicated my life to supporting, empowering, inspiring, guiding, coaching and otherwise promoting any activity that gets people moving. This is one reason I waited to publicly write about my arguments against the principles of Crossfit. The other, more specific reason, is that it’s become more common to hear NPC and IFBB competitors ask if Crossfit will enhance their efforts to get into contest shape. If the latter is you, let me cut to the chase. Not only will Crossfit widen your waistline as a result of the constant heavy “functional” lifting, it will also cause cortisol spikes, which make your body hold onto belly fat for dear life.
According to INC.com online magazine, CrossFit is one of the fastest growing small business opportunities in America. Given the relative little overhead investment, minimal regulatory influence from CrossFit, Inc., and the ability to open an affiliate in any location from a home garage to a 15,000 square-foot building, opening an affiliate can be seen as an easy task by the uniformed. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s as easy as it looks.
One of the many things I’d like to thank the CrossFit community for is making the deadlift cool again. For decades, strength and bodybuilding experts have been preaching the benefits of regular deadlifting for strength gains, muscle development and overall “bad assery”. Unfortunately, this advice seemed to fall on deaf ears. I would travel to various commercial gyms across North America (even so-called hardcore establishments) and I would rarely see anyone pulling a heavy weight from the floor.