As a supplement to a paleo lifestyle, I also engage in Crossfit and I am sure that many of you do as well. A friend of mine has recently joined Crossfit and taken up a paleo lifestyle. I would love to know how to a) shut this guy up and b) provide a well formulated response so that no one else who sees his post is discouraged from joining a CF affiliate near them. I have a pretty good idea of some points I want to make but I wanted some extra input. Below is his post:
Crossfit is gut-checks and light on technique. You are having fun now but injury is in your future. My 2 cents.
CrossFit gets people off the couch, and that is great. But beyond that, it lacks in programming in one major significant way. The "WOD" format does nothing to address any one individual's specific needs, and that is my beef. Everyone's structure is different, and the WOD format doesn't address that Person A may lack proper hip mobility for overhead squats, and Person B may have poor scapular movement for overhead squats, yet this is ignored and both people do overhead squats in a timed "contest" because the WOD says so. It drives the responsibility for safety to the individual, and then undermines it by creating a competitive environment. Injuries rarely happen in one day, they are instead the result of many accumulated microtraumas over the span of months or even years.
As far as I can tell the WOD also lack any specific themes; kipping pull-ups one day, overhead squats the next, kettlebell swings, blah blah blah. It seems to lack focus on movement quality. The timed aspect of the workouts create a competitive environment, which almost always leads to form breakdown, and the movement quality never gets any more sophisticated. If you can do 100 push-ups today, then next week hopefully you can do 101. If you can do 100 push-ups today, why not evolve the movement with a progression so that someday you can do handstand push-ups? I don't see that happening.
CrossFit also has poor consistency. The quality of training varies greatly from one affiliate to the next. It grew too fast. So if your trainers are EDUCATED and CERTIFIED (i love how you capitalized these, as if it meant something), they're still part of CrossFit and I argue the methodology is flawed. CrossFit is out to make money, first and foremost. I've done the whole RKC certification thing, did the bootcamp, I'm not completely ignorant in the subject matter here. The RKC and the CrossFit methodologies are very similar, except one is focused on the kettlebell. They scream about quality, but do little to enforce it, evaluate it, and improve it beyond screaming "KEEP PROPER FORM.......30 SECONDS LEFT, PUSH YOURSELVES". When when your lungs are bleeding and your adrenal system has pushed you into overdrive, you are incapable of making conscious and rational decisions regarding form and safety.
So Natalie, when doing your CrossFit, seek to understand what it is, what it offers, and what it does not offer so you can eventually evolve your personal concept of fitness beyond it. It may suit your needs now, but it will most likely not lead to a life of sustainable, repeatable gains in your workout goals. It'll keep you skinny, unless of course you get injured, then you won't be able to work out at all.
On a side note, get involved in a serious Yoga program. I've never seen a woman who does serious Yoga that did not look just fabulous. My 2 cents.