“Crossfitters” are sometimes (often?) praised for the attitude they bring to the table. The “go get em”, determined, persevering attitude. While this attitude assessment is accurate, it being praiseworthy, in this context, is another story.
As you might have guessed by my previous post on CrossFit, I am convinced this attitude is deeply misplaced. I believe it would even be accurate to say that the attitude as applied to what they do, is ridiculous.
It’s an emotional, intellectual, and psychological mess.
What I’d like to share today though, is the best verbal/video iteration of this “attitude” I have ever witnessed. The video comes from Kelly Starrett, who produces an abundance of outstanding videos on his Youtube Channel, some of which have significantly improved my own quality of life.
That quote is as follows :
I have selected the important part using TubeChop. Even further refined in text (my own transcription, which may or may not be 100% accurate, the video is hard to hear clearly at this point).
“… This is the cure for … don’t want to say it’s a cure, but, this would be like #1 treatment for kipping elbow, pull-up elbow … Olympic lifting, ring-hip elbow…”
It would be reasonable to assume that Kelly, consciously or subconsciously, quickly moved away from the word “cure”, because like most people, he associates it with disease (which he quickly decided was a mistake).
From Wikipedia :
“A cure is a completely effective treatment for a disease.”
Not exactly a radical definition.
But was it a mistake?
I think unknown to Kelly, his first label for the summation of his particular video, was and is the most accurate.
Kelly was right to make a cure for a disease, because in many ways, CrossFit is a disease. A disease of the mind, that by extension, heavily affects the body.
What is even more astounding is that Kelly, like so many others, can create (or consider, for those without a Youtube Channel) a cure for something where no cure should be necessary, and talk about it without batting an eye.
Exercise, unlike sporting, competitive, recreational, and leisurely activity, should absolutely not induce physical injury. Not acutely, not in accumulation, not ever.
Such is the frankenstein absurdity of CrossFit.
Consider for a moment if that every time you performed maintenance on your car, such maintenance posed significant short term damage to the car. Say, changing your oil for some reason risked putting holes in all 4 tires.
You would quickly come to the conclusion that you were doing something wrong. You would seek a better way to change the oil, or go to a new garage that was already competent to change your oil, without destroying your car.
The same is true that if every time you changed the oil in your car, it would be abundantly obvious that you were doing something wrong, if you had to in any way diminish the long term health of your vehicle.
Changing the oil is done for the purpose of keeping your car running in the best shape, and for the longest period of time possible.
Anything that contradicts these goals is nonsense and is avoided by anyone who gives half a crap about their car.
The reality is, your body is infinitely more important than your car. Why then, would you care much less about it?
Why would you ever perform an exercise under the pretense of better health, functionality, and so on, that resulted in acute or cumulative injury of any kind?
This is a question that most CFers avoid to the bitter end — injured and unable to continue CrossFit for some period of time.
Such is the attitude, and the disease of CrossFit. Ignore principles and exercises that are fundamentally flawed, blame the details, and stick a band-aid on until next time.
Until there are no more next times.
While I cannot claim that the following individual practices CrossFit, it without a doubt, depicts the kind of “attitude” that CrossFit has cultivated. And the deadlift is apparently popular among CF …
Image from http://crossfitmeanstreets.com