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Question by The Wise Guy: If I start doing crossfit, should I stop going to the gym?
Right now I lift at the gym 3 days a week. If I start doing crossfit for 3 days then 1 day of rest, do I need to still go to the gym and lift weights?
Answer by ClickMaster
There’s no reason to join Crossfit if you already belong to a gym. Your gym probably has much more to offer than Crossfit because most Crossfit facilities have minimal equipment. My recommendation would be to spend your time at your gym and avoid Crossfit.
Check out this article from Wikipedia –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrossFit
Note the following excerpt.
“Makimba Mimms, who suffered injuries while performing a CrossFit workout on December 11, 2005, at Manassas World Gym in Manassas, VA under the supervision of an uncertified trainer, claimed that CrossFit poses an elevated risk of rhabdomyolysis. He successfully sued his trainers and was awarded $ 300,000 in damages.
According to Dr. Stuart McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, the risk of injury from some CrossFit exercises outweighs their benefits when they are performed with poor form in timed workouts. He added there are similar risks in other exercise programs but noted that CrossFit’s online community enables athletes to follow the program without proper guidance, increasing the risk.
Articles on many websites criticize CrossFit for its lack of periodization, lack of quality-control accreditation standards for trainers or affiliates, and illogical or random exercise sequences.
Some publications have raised concerns that CrossFit promotes a potentially dangerous atmosphere that encourages people, particularly newcomers to CrossFit, to train past their limits, resulting in injury.”
Crossfit gyms are affiliates and have considerably less quality control and safety measures in place than franchise or corporate structured fitness gyms. They have been criticized by many professionals for their high risk training methods including Dr. McGuff, coauthor of this book –> http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/?page_id=18 . They represent a poor choice for a beginner and a questionable choice for others. And, they have limited facilities and a poor range of equipment.
You should also study! Your body has no choice but to follow your brain. So, you should feed your brain a steady diet of good information if you want to be all you can be. It’s YOUR body and it has to last a lifetime so it’s worth the investment. Don’t ask questions of random strangers with no credibility in this or other online forums. Use high quality resources for information instead. The basic principles of health, fitness, and nutrition are not that difficult or hard to understand.
Avoid the internet unless you’re using trusted sites in dot gov or dot edu domains. The dot coms are usually driven by profit motive and you’ll find bad information in most websties including WebMD, Livestrong, Bobybuilding.com, etc. and especially in this forum and others like it.
Use books, especially late edition text books. You can find excellent information resources at your local public or Uni library or for sale cheap online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com.
Always follow the science. Use critical thinking. Be skeptical and do not believe anything without cross checking it with trusted sources. Grow your personal knowledge base and everything else will follow with relative ease.
You have one body and it has to last a lifetime. It’s worth the investment to learn how to care for it properly.
Good luck and good health!!
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