by: Brandon Richey
So What Is Crossfit All About?
So I remember as a kid growing up Saturdays were the best. In my youth I remember either going over to one of my friends’ house to sleep over on a Friday night, or they would visit to do the same with me, and Saturday mornings we would be up first thing to watch NWA wrestling. Yes, we’d be there in the living room practicing flying elbows off the armchair of the couch and many times would get into trouble for either breaking something in the living room, or for one of us having to get a little first aid on a busted lip. It was a lot of fun. Yes, you’ve got to keep on reading to see where I’m going with this.
The Mystery Of Crossfit…
You see during those Saturday mornings the fun part was pretending to be either one of the craziest wrestlers on TV or you would simply pick your favorite to portray in the middle of the living room floor (aka the squared circle or ring). My friend Bryan used to like playing the Great Muta (pictured at the beginning of this article). You see the Great Muta was a mysterious wrestler that nobody really knew anything about, but everyone feared because he was so unpredictable. His finishing move was that he would be able to mysteriously spit a green mist into his opponents eyes before kicking them in the head to finish them.
Getting on point much like the Great Muta Crossfit seems to have this sort of unknown mystique and questionable reputation as well with much of the general public. You see lately I’ve been getting questions about Crossfit. The question is usually consistent; “So coach what is Crossfit all about?” Before I answer that I want to preface by saying that I’m not a Crossfit coach. I’m a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and I develop my programming based upon the needs of the athlete, or athlete’s in training. If you follow this blog regularly you probably already knew that, but for the newbies I figured I’d get that out of the way.
Now having said this I’m open to different methods of training, but to have an understanding of the world of physical preparation one must understand that there are many ways to stress the body for the purpose of developing fitness and strength. I’m going to get to the answer about what Crossfit is all about, but I believe a lot this doubt about Crossfit comes from a couple different things. For one Crossfit is really just about cross-training which is not new to the world of fitness. Secondly, videos like this don’t generally help the reputation of Crossfit to a large degree.
You can see why people might be getting mixed messages about what Crossfit is and why people would be asking the question I posed earlier. Now I know better and I’ll tell you that this video doesn’t depict what Crossfit should be about if implemented properly and done so with a competent coach at the helm.
You see my good friend and retired Navy SEAL Brad Mcleod runs a Crossfit gym (Crossfit Grinder) and I will tell you that he does an absolutely awesome job with his athletes. Remember that EVERY program is only as good as its coach, period end of discussion. So What is Crossfit all about? Well check out this little video I did to give you my explanation on the matter.
I hope that helped to make things a bit more clear on the subject at hand. You see Crossfit is essentially just one way to train the body. Like the Great Muta that utilized a finishing move by spitting a green mist into the faces of his opponents it’s only one way to finish someone inside the squared circle.
There are other ways to finish people inside the squared circle. I didn’t mention one of my favorite wrestlers earlier growing up, but it was Rick Flair and he was great at finishing out opponents with a bunch of smack talk and his infamous figure-4 leg lock. Remember there is more than one way to train the body and more than one way to take out someone in the middle of the squared circle!
The point is that there is just NEVER one way to go about problem solving. If any coach ever tells you that there is only one way to get stronger or more athletic turn and run away. Crossfit isn’t a bad program for what it is made to do, but it is not the single answer for getting a stronger more athletic body either. Remember the 2 MOST important qualities that matter with any program is the coach and how to design for specificity.
Chances are if you have a good coach then the other part of specificity will be taken care of within the scope of the training program. I hope this helped to clear some things up. If you have any questions about the figure-4 leg lock, or some other killer strength training inquiries please drop me a comment in the comment box below this article. Remember most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend.