FP Culture – Crossfit: Can Exercise Really be a Sport?

Can exercise really be considered a sport? Crossfit is insisting that it can be, but even if it can set up systems of competition, does the average joe really need to be training for the Crossfit Games? To delve deeper into this, we must really begin to evaluate the concept of competition and the dangers that can be present with that mindset if we mix it into a population of people trying to better their health.

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7 Comments

  1. Cyrille DI MEGLIO June 25, 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Hi everybody there,
    First of all you try to make things clear and you are pretty good at it but you ‘re missing the essential point of Crossfit . It is a “sport” if you practice it in competition . The other way to see it is that it is a good source of functional movements as long as you’re able to use your knowledge and your own understanding of training . I’ve been training lots of athletes in many different way cause what is important is adaptation to who is in front you. Postural analysis in the first thing to do and if you are good on what you’re doing you will do everything to preserve the integrity of your athlete or clients that are coming to your gym.I am watching videos of you and you can do all of it in a CrossFit session. Maybe you should keep in mind the definition of CrossFit.
    I do CrossFit session with Bosu, Pilates circle and foamroller! and people love it.
    You can have lower back injuries practicing boxing, football etc… so what !!!!
    How to use your transversal abdominis?
    By teaching people how to breath and using their pelvic floor. But this knowledge is inherent of your research and if you’re a good coach you will teach a good way to practice CrossFit or other physical activities.
    I Love CrossFitting and i love other physical activities .
    The only thing that count as a coach or a physical trainer is to keep in mind to preserve the integrity of your athlete and being able to answer questions thzat they could have.

    Regards

  2. steve nz June 25, 2014 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    As a trainer for many years, I have always listened to guys and girls in the gym saying how much they hurt after their last training session ?? my clients would say why they did not hurt after training and was I training them hard enough? I will always say that I’m training you correctly in all planes of movement and you should not hurt.

  3. Robert Cliff Hoffman June 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Hi. I’m a big fan of Functional Patterns and I follow the concept of training the body according to it’s full purpose. I totally agree on this discussion about crossfit. A lot of trainers and fitness companies are damaging their clients without the clients knowing it. Just because the exercises are tiring, they assume that the exercises are good for them! That’s just not right! This is really sad and frustrating! What is becoming to the real intentions of training!

  4. David Washingtown June 27, 2014 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Here’s what I don’t understand. Fred is mentioning MMA and Naudi talked about sparring… which in the end… it’s goal… is to submit… through pain! MMA’s goal it to hurt the body… not nourish the body. Geez guys! Although FP is the best of the best, you all are totally contradicting yourself… talking about fighters… whose goal is to HURT THE BODY.

    SO… YOU DO ALL THE FP WORK THAT YOU DO… TO GET IN A RING AND HURT YOUR BODY! C’MON GUYS!

    SO… JUST DO FP BEFORE YOU DO CROSSFIT!

  5. David Washingtown June 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    MMA… FIGHTING IS DYSFUNCTIONAL GUYS BECAUSE THE END RESULT IS BODILY DAMAGE.

    I AGREE WITH ALL YOU SAY ABOUT CROSSFIT AND INJURIES… BUT YOU GUYS ARE SITTING THERE TALKING ABOUT MMA AND FIGHTING… AND YOU TRAIN THESE GUYS TO GO AND BE IN A POSITION AS TO WHERE YOU GET HURT LEAST? OR HURT THE OTHER MOST? EITHER WAY… THE GOAL INVOLVES HURTING.

    SO JUST PITCH A FUNCTIONAL PATTERN’S LIFESTYLE …. THAT WILL SURELY ASSIT YOU IN CROSSFIT… IF THAT’S WHAT ONE SO CHOOSES TO DO.

    BECAUSE SAYING THAT YOU ARE “TRAINING FIGHTERS” WITH ANY SORT OF PRIDE ABOUT IT… SURELY CONTRADICTS WHAT YOU ARE DEEM IS PASSIONATELY WRONG ABOUT CROSSFIT GUYS!

  6. Shawn July 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Not sure why you guys all seem to feel so threatened by the growth of cross fit. I know plenty of people who have participated, both men and women. Not one has ever it called it a sport to me. These are all people with little or no work out experience that just wanted to join a something with some camaraderie for motivation to get in shape. And I have seen a lot of fat people get in shape, haven’t heard of any of them complain about their injuries, but I am sure there are some just like in most any work out regimen, activity or sport. I play basketball all the time and I roll my ankles sometimes. If you box, you will probably get a broken nose at some point. If you lift weights over your head you may injure your back. But I don’t see how that nullifies the validity of this movement. My assumption is that you are all professional trainers and that this movement is taking business from you. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  7. John July 8, 2014 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Olympic Weight Lifting???
    These 2 movements: Snatch and Clean & Jerk are the best 2 movements for force production. Yet it is an Olympic Sport. So, yes exercise can be a sport…

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