3 Movements the CrossFit Games Needs to Ditch
The Crossfit Games needs to ditch its founder, greg glassman. I’m not talking about the fact that he’s a self-promoting egomaniac with no real athletic background or even any kind of competitive experience whatsoever. I’m talking about what he stands for and how it’s going to affect the future of the sport.
Glassman’s beliefs are just plain weird. His ideas about competition, training methods, and philosophy have been a huge part of the downfall of the CrossFit brand. And if you’re wondering why I say “downfall,” let me tell you:
1) Glassman doesn’t believe in coaching.
He believes that anyone can do it themselves and that they don’t need coaches to get better at it. While I agree with some aspects of this philosophy (i.e. everyone can be great at something), I think there’s a big difference between doing things yourself and being able to coach others to do them.
If you want to become good at anything, you need coaching. Period.
2) Glassman thinks that all athletes should be competing in the same events year after year.
While I understand this idea, it’s not realistic because it means that the top competitors will always win those events regardless of their level of skill and dedication.
3) The use of time limits on workouts is a huge issue.
For example, the 2012 Southern California Regional was a 12-hour competition in which the first 5 hours were dedicated to a 2-mile run and then cycling and rowing for the next 6 hours. Next came 400m, 300m, and then 200m runs. Lastly was a 1-hour run.
This doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
Well what they neglected to mention is that the run sections were not to be stopped and were at a pace of 7 minutes per mile for the 2-mile run, 10 minutes per mile for the 1.5 mile run, and 20 minutes per mile for the final 0.5 mile run.
Speaking from experience, my 0.5 mile run took me around 15 minutes to complete. I don’t know about you, but running 6.2 miles in 1 hour wouldn’t be very fun AND it would probably put me in the hospital.
Speaking of running, why does Crossfit even have running in it?
Crossfit’s original “Soldier” WD (AKA “White Devil”) hated running and felt that it was a waste of time. The fact that running is still in the Crossfit Games is a testament to how little things have changed since then.
5) The final thing I’ll mention is the over-reliance on “time-caps”. While time-caps do have their place in the sport, they shouldn’t be used for everything. Doing things like using mile run times and 2 mile run times are pointless and stupid.
So what do you think? Is it time for Crossfit to grow up a little bit and get rid of some of these outdated ideas?
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The Diet the Modern World has Completely Forgotten About by JC Herz – 2015 – Harmony
Sporting hyperchallenges: Health, social, and fiscal implications by C Durling – 2017 – search.proquest.com
Biological Learning and Control: Thoughts on Motor Control and its Applications to Movement by M Lamont, M Kennelly – Sport Management Review, 2019 – Elsevier