7 Things Haters should Shut Up About – Coach Rant
This is completely tongue and cheek and a “Little Bit” satirical so please read with that mindset. There is BARELY any malice intended with the below post.
1. “I don’t/won’t do CrossFit. I like to lift “Real Weights”. “
Actual Facebook Post Quote: “Yeah that’s cute. My mom does CrossFit to but I lift Real weights with the men…..”
Seeing as 50% of our programming is geared around Maximal strength development (as well as hypertrophy in microcyles) you are not lifting “real” weights. Your 45lb plates weigh as much as ours. You like doing your own thing which is fine. People still mistakenly believe that CrossFit is nothing more than 20:00 + AMRAPs of body weight exercises. Wrong. And as a member of CrossFit Tidal Wave, you can certainly attest to that. Strength work is a KEY component to our programming, as we understand the importance and value of being strong in relation to everyone’s health.
Translation: You like to do typical weight lifting stuff in your wheelhouse and that is fine. Everyone trains differently……but maybe you are not comfortable getting as uncomfortable as CrossFit can make you (this is NOT everyone). Looking vulnerable is not a big selling point to people that have built their egos around being “hardcore”.
2. “With those fake weights they use in CrossFit”
Actual Facebook Quote: ” Obviously the video is a joke. Just look at the alleged “weight” on the bars.
This is normally in response to someone’s PR video or picture . Yes we are ALL aware that BUMPER plates have the same diameter of the typical 45lb plates in the regular gyms. So to the person not familiar with OLYMPIC LIFTING style (Not CrossFit style) bumper plates it can give the illusion that they are lifting much more that they actually are. The reason we use bumper plates is that practice olympic lifting so that no matter the weight the starting position of the bar is always the same. The pictures are taken to brag on our clients who generally never thought they were capable of developing that level of strength.
Translation: I hate CrossFit and there is no way that program could provide results or I am wrong…..so……. FAKE WEIGHTS !
3. “And not a single Pull Up was done that day”
Actual Instagram Quote: ” Fake Pull Ups. Let’s have a seizure on the bar for time”
I am not here to defend Kipping. My opinion was that for a long time CrossFitter’s treated it as a crutch instead of building strict pull up strength. Guess what? Most CrossFit gyms started changing their minds and require people to build a baseline strength level before they learn to kip (if they even teach it). Kipping is a technique that will help you compete in CrossFit competitions. I agree if we just called them “Chin Over Bars” a lot of the stupid comments MAY decrease. We also do strict pull ups as well. We have many people in our gym that can do well into the double digits on strict pull ups. Kipping pull ups aren’t meant for building raw strength and if you see them or use them that way, that’s on you.
Translation: ” I have to hate on other people’s method of working out so….*insert tired anti kipping joke*….”
Here is Will Smith in I am Legend performing performing “Pull Ups” as a side note. Please feel free to comment.
4. The Games Competitors don’t even do REAL CROSSFIT.
Actual Facebook Quote: ” Most high level competitors do strength workouts daily and only start doing Metcons close to the games”
Absolute lies. Most CrossFit gyms do strength or skill work daily but the idea that high level competitors don’t do conditioning programming until close to the games is ridiculous. There are plenty of articles showing competitor’s training programs. It is just categorically wrong.
Translation: ” I hate CrossFit so there fore those guys and girls doing amazing things that look great ARE NOT DOING CROSSFIT”
5. All Games Competitors are on Steroids.
Actual Facebook Quote: ” They only reason they look like that is because they are juiced to gills”
I am not going to pretend that CrossFit is a super clean sport. The Chinese Ping Pong team got busted for steroids a couple of years ago (I believe). If a ping pong player is cheating to gain an advantage then a sport that relies on strength, stamina and recovery will probably have it’s fair share to…..but here is the thing. EVERY SPORT has it’s cheaters. It is doesn’t make it right but to pretend some other training program out there doesn’t have people plastered all over social media that have not taken some enhancement is just false. Steroids (not defending them) do not create skill, technique, or the determination to train.
Bodybuilding: Uh ? There are natural divisions for sure but normally not a name you would know.
Powerlifting: Yet again different divisions but plenty of competitors have stated what they took.
Strong Man: For real?
Olympic Lifting: Other countries have been caught so many times that it is literally killing the sport in the Olympics.
Translation: ” Some of these physiques may be aided by performance enhancing drugs…..like almost every other sport like it”
6. CrossFit is just a passing workout fad.
Actual Local Person: “Good luck when the fad passes. ”
I have been coaching CrossFit full time for almost ten years now. So….when does it quit being a fad? The popularity may reach saturation just like any other market. Those that constantly improve and strive to provide the most to the community will still be around. I know plenty of gym owners that are still growing 8+ yrs into their start date. This reminds me of my buddies that owned a traditional karate school when MMA gyms starting popping up left and right. People were no longer accepting schools that were teaching things that were outdated or had a lot of fluff. So they had to adapt or shut down.
Translation: ” Since I don’t like it I want it to go away.”
7 Things Haters should Shut Up About – Coach Rant