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Why Some Dude Thinks CrossFit Doesn’t Make Elite Athletes
His argument centers around qualities that are typically associated with “being athletic” such as strength, power, speed, agility, quickness, and conditioning, and if you don’t possess those qualities, you’re not an athlete.
In his own words:
“Now if a person can perform each of these at an ultra-high level they are going to be insane on the field, court, or wherever more times than not. Why? Because he or she will be able to express any specific sport skill, and research has shown that sport skill attainment is enhanced with increased athletic ability.”
Now, before we look deeper at Travis’ perspective, right from the get go, I don’t know that Travis is in a strong arguing position to claim that anyone lacking these abilities isn’t an athlete.
A marathon runner isn’t “powerful” in the traditional sense of a NFL Linebacker, but based on Travis’s definition of “athletic”, does that eliminates them from being considered an athlete?
Of course not. These athletes have incredible endurance and capacity.
I would venture to argue that most golfers would struggle to run a mile without stopping. With poor conditioning, does that eliminate them from being called an “athlete”?
Nope. Golfers are some of the most skilled athletes out there.
Travis writes [emphasis mine]:
“So taking into account just shear athletic skill, how should we rank CrossFit? I scored the system a 1 out of 5 or 20%. In other words it fails miserably for an actual athlete looking to perform better in a specific sport setting.”
Unless, of course, that specific sport setting is The World Series of Exercise and as a competitor you are called to run, bike, swim, lift, suffer for days on end (and climb a peg board).
I guess cleaning 315 for a triple, walking on your hands, doing back flips, and jerking 405 for reps doesn’t make you an athlete. Sorry Mat Fraser.
Or, wait … according to his argument, it does, but not if you choose CrossFit as your sport?
Your program, your coach and your environment doesn’t matter as much as THIS.
I thought this was a thoughtful and much needed point of view.
Pete Hitzeman, coach and Assistant Editor at Breaking Muscle, did his part as a coach by reminding us that it’s not the program, the coach, or the environment that makes the biggest difference.
Outside of actually making progress toward your goals, consistency in your training helps prevent injury and helps you develop skills through repetition.
“THE UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ESPOUSED BY MASTERS IN EVERY FIELD IS THAT THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO GETTING THE REPS IN.”
Pete writes, “So how do you fix it? With everything going on in your life, how can you make sure you’re giving your body and mind the consistent input and stimulation required to become what you want to be? The answer is so simple that it’s already in front of your face right now.
Write it down.
I don’t care what media you use, but find a way to track the things you are doing. Log your workouts, log your food, log your sleep, log the amount of time you spend on developing your skills. Keep it in a notebook in your back pocket, or in one of the zillion apps built for just such a purpose. For planning and quick reference purposes, I track a whole lot of my training in Google Calendar.”
Embrace The Process and aim for consistency above all else.
This week in people being their best ...
This is pretty rad: four paralympic runners finished the Men's 1400m faster than the able bodied gold medalist. And one of them set a new world record.
“Not one, but four 1,500-meter runners in the T13 class (a category for the visually impaired) at the Paralympics finished faster than American Matthew Centrowitz, an able-bodied runner who won gold in the same event at the Rio Olympics a month ago.
The winner, Abdellatif Baka of Algeria, won the T13 1,500m final 1.7 seconds faster than Centrowitz, crossing the line in 3 minutes, 48.29 seconds (Centrowitz’s time stands at 3:50.00). Not only did Baka set a new Paralympic world record, but he also ran the fastest 1,500m time of both the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Good on ya, Abdellatif.
And in other news at the Paralympic Games, this dude just bench pressed 682 pounds.
A video posted by Kianoush Rostami (@kianoush_rostami) on