Shitting All Over Crossfit

Posted on 14 Jun 2015 21:59

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I wouldn’t call myself a “huge” fan of Robertfrank615 and his girlfriend Miss Booty Jiggles but I do find most of their content on YouTube to be funny and entertaining.

They put out videos which are a good break from discussing training and yet at the same time they hover around the fitness industry.

Robertfrank615 and MBJ put up skits and video compilations of Crossfit "failures" very often.

Some of these are entertaining but it gets really boring after some time because I don’t take any pleasure in seeing people fall down or hurt themselves or fail at an event they are preparing for.


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Image by CrossFit Fever via Flickr

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Image by CrossFit Fever via Flickr




Robert recently put out this video and it’s really silly. Usually I stay away from his “crossshit” videos but I couldn’t help but click on it and I regret it instantly. Here’s the video for those of you who care to watch:




I want to make something perfectly clear: I like Robertfrank615’s videos and content on YouTube which does not deal with Crossfit. This blog post is not about Robertfrank615 individually. I think too many people in the fitness industry like Robert and Eligintensity keep shitting on Crossfit to make a point about how mediocre Crossfit is and I don’t think that’s a fair assessment.

Crossfit is an easy scapegoat to point at and ridicule and make fun of because it has become a free-for-all type system. You have gyms that are drastically different from each other all vying for Crossfit Certifications. At one time Crossfit used to be something you did in addition to your workout routine: now it has become into some loose system of training where pretty much ANYTHING you do that will get your big, strong, fast and athletic can be counted as “Crossfit training”.

But I want to take people back to 2006 when Crossfit first became big. Go to Crossfit.com and check out the archive section in the top right corner. Select June 2006 and read what appears on the screen in front of you.

The first workout is called “Cindy” and this is what it entails:

Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

What is there to ridicule in this? It is a fast paced circuit comprised of compound movements to get the body moving and work through as many muscle groups as possible. This is a GREAT workout to do on an “off day” or when you don’t have access to a gym.

Scroll through the workouts and you will find that they mostly consist of either “cardio” type workouts or middle-ground strength days. In fact, you can see this right off the bat. The second workout after “Cindy” (or “Mary”) is “Michael”:

Three rounds for time of:
Run 800 meters
50 Back Extensions
50 Sit-ups

And right before that you have a simple 5x5 type workout:

Back Squat 5-5-5-5-5 reps

As you scroll through the workouts and try to make sense of them you will observe a distinct pattern. A friend of mine on Facebook recently got annoyed that these “circuit” type workouts were credited to Crossfit only but the truth is that Crossfit was one of the only places where they were organized into a system that made sense. This is then. Right now, Crossfit is a free-for-all do what you want type training system and I can’t understand why you need people to do high rep overhead squats or Olympic movements but then again: I never said I loved Crossfit. I just don’t think bashing it relentlessly makes much sense. I don’t see crossfitters talking shit about powerlifting and calling it a back-yard hill-billy white sport or pointing out how bathroom-humor jokes are the norm for powerlifters to feel “manly” and testosterone filled.

The old Crossfit archives are a great place to get information on various metabolic drills and you can pretty much use any of them on your off days just to keep the body moving. Taking a dump on Crossfit and making fun of their ridiculously run competitions is also is easy as fuck. But it is ignorant to ignore how much of old-time Crossfit information current day strength training routines are using.

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