Thursday, September 23, 2010

In Defense of CrossFit

Last week, Wired published a piece about the military's review of whether CrossFit, P90X and Insanity are -- as some believe -- too tough for our troops. Well, it looks like our CrossFitting peers in the armed services have something to say about that.

“I wish that the Army would come and study me,” a servicemember posts on CrossFit’s message forum. “At my current base, the fitness center is starting to push back against the many crossfitters…I find this attitude infuriating. Our Base has a 25% PT [physical training] fail rate. I wonder how many crossfitters are failing.”


“Every Soldier does Crossfit or they get their nuts smashed,” reads another comment on CrossFit’s forum from a company commander at Schofield Barracks, who cops to “puk[ing] my guts out” doing their first-ever CrossFit workout in Iraq heat. “I’ve noticed marked improvements in their performance, a lower injury rate, and an increased ability to perform at a higher level of physical intensity in full kit.”

“For those of you that are in the military,” the commenter adds, “stand up and help revolutionize the way we conduct physical training.”
Lesson: Push-ups and sit-ups won't cut it any more. (Unless you want your nuts smashed.)

(Source: Wired)