The United States of America is considered one of the most out of shape countries in the world, and has been in desperate need of a way to get in shape, and stay in shape for years. According to CNN, about 80% of Americans do not get the proper amount of exercise. Over the passed few years, cross-fit has become a common house hold name, and has opened the eyes of many Americans to what is now known as the fastest developing, most efficient work out there is. Just about everywhere you go, you can easily access a cross-fit gym and within minutes begin to train with what people like to refer themselves as “cross-fit professionals”.
From 2012 to 2013 the amount of cross-fit locations has almost doubled from 6,775 locations to about 10,000 locations, and that is only including the locations that are certified and licensed. As time goes on, the affiliation process becomes easier and easier. Greg Glassman, The founder and creator of cross-fit, explains in an article written in Time Magazine, “Anyone who passed my two-day seminar could apply to open a box, call it Cross-Fit, then rush paying customers through squats, snatches, or whatever crazy WOD (work out of the day) they dreamed up” (Greg Glassman). He wanted all of his affiliates to have the freedom to open a “box”, also known as a cross-fit gym, wherever desired to train people how they wanted, and charge people what they felt was fair, without following or teaching any of the necessary safety guidelines. That is where the primary source of cross-fit injuries stems from.
One of the major controversies in the cross-fit community is whether or not there is an extremely high risk of injury. According to Dr. Stuart McGill, a prof. at University of Waterloo, “The risk of injury from some Cross-Fit exercises outweighs their benefits when they are performed with poor form in timed workouts” (Dr. Stuart McGill). Form, technique, and breathing is one of the most important factors that go into any work out regimen, yet cross-fit gyms do not believe in using mirrors because they claim it is not a vain environment. In order for one to have proper form, without use of a mirror, means they are most likely a highly experienced trainer, which is not the case most of the time if you are going to take a class at a cross-fit gym. The majority of cross-fit gyms do not require you to take a safety class, or a beginner’s introductory class that would teach someone who was not yet educated in cross-fit safety. The lack of knowledge creates a very high probability that an injury will occur at some point during your training. Most gyms also lack signs warning and reminding clients to keep proper form, and reminding them of the dangers that go into not focusing on everything that goes into a proper work out. All these issues go into creating the problem of the highest grossing work out turning into the workout that is more known for its major injuries.
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