That CrossFit controversy, and Thursday training

There’s been a lot of talk on my Twitter timeline recently about a backlash against CrossFit, and the backlash against that backlash. I’ve not really had an opinion about it, because I don’t do CrossFit and I admit I’m not a huge fan of it; but I’ve also never done CrossFit so it’s not really fair of me to be down on it, if you see what I mean.

One thing CrossFit supporters have been saying is that there will be haters against every movement, and that’s definitely true; in the case of things I deeply care about, there’s a huge haters movement against fat/size acceptance & Health At Every Size, and many of those haters are… CrossFitters, and powerlifters, and other “fitfam” (barf) types. So part of me is kinda thinking “Yeah, it sucks to be the object of a backlash, doesn’t it?!” which is pretty juvenile but, as is said, sorry not sorry.

I’m not going to participate in a CrossFit backlash, though, as I’ve never done it so I can’t talk. Maybe I should do a few sessions to get myself acquainted with it; although I’m wary of doing that as I expect I’d get lectured about my weight & my diet, and I really do not have the time or energy for that shit. Or maybe I’d be surprised, and I wouldn’t get lectured. Who knows.

Anyway, at BGWLC last night it was my max legs session:

  • Light front squats: 20kg x 8; 30kg, 2 sets of 8
  • Rack deadlifts (one hole from the bottom of the rack): 50kg, 2 sets of 3; 70kg x 3; 90kg x 3; 100kg x 3; 110kg x 1; 115kg x 1; 120kg x 1 (!!!); two failed attempts at 125kg
  • Single-arm dumbbell rows: 20kg, 5 x 5
  • Heavy cable crunch: 30kg x 10; 35kg, 8 reps, 3 sets of 6 reps
  • Dumbbell side bends: 20kg, 2 sets of 5

Today my coach flies out to South Africa for the IPF World Classic Championships, where my friends Ernie Parkes & Anna Macnab are competing. So excited for them, and so proud that two BGWLC lifters are world-class competitors!

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3 thoughts on “That CrossFit controversy, and Thursday training

  1. Sophie Henderson (@sehenderson)

    I’ve been a member of my crossfit gym for 4 months now and the only reason the coaches have talked to me about diet is because I asked first. The coaches are experienced personal trainers, not just crossfit, and have worked out what works best in their own experience – this doesn’t include paleo or carb elimination! I wouldn’t pretend like there aren’t some members who aren’t very picky about their diets, but I tend to try and avoid the topic. Nutrition tends to be one of those contentious issues.

    I’d have a difficult time imagining many crossfit gyms being too preachy about diet since they are a business trying to attract as many customers as possible and strict diets are not very practical for those with families and other restrictions but I guess it depends from place to place.

    But naturally the people that feel strongly about it all are the ones who will take to their keyboards about it. They’re not necessarily representative of all members though, just like any hobby. Most of the people I meet are their are helpful, supportive and non judgemental.

    1. lozette Post author

      That’s all good to hear… you’re right about them being businesses& needing to protect their interests.

      FWIW, I would only go to a CF box to try it out to have an opinion, I have NO intention of doing CF full-time and dropping powerlifting 🙂

      That said, my conditioning classes at the moment are pretty CrossFit-y, I think the trainer who does them has been taking hints from CF sites…

  2. MrsB | Mind over Matter

    I have done crossfit for almost 2 years and not once has anyone mentioned anything to me about food or weight. I love crossfit, utterly & unconditionally but I have stayed out of the Twitter conversations. Bashing something, anything, that people do for fun does not make sense.

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