This is a continuation of part one, where I discussed what I liked about CrossFit and why we (bodybuilders, powerlifters and kippers, I mean CrossFitters) should all hold hands around the campfire instead of slang mud at one another. But in all seriousness, check it out if you haven’t. In this installment, I want to discuss what I think could be improved upon within CrossFit, whether that be programming, attitudes, diet and business.
Recently, I’ve became infatuated with CrossFit. Be then my thoughts were simple: CrossFit equals injuries, cheating pull ups and stupid dietary habits. Then, I realized I’ve never actually looked into the concepts of CrossFit. I’ve never actually watched them train or heard their philosophies.
Boy was I wrong.
I decided to take a more objective (and intelligent) look at CrossFit, here are my thoughts.
In part one, you learned what I love about CrossFit. The community, the compound exercises and the whole food diet approach. In part two, you learned what I don’t like about CrossFit. This included poor exercise programming for certain individuals and an examination of seven different claims of why the Paleo diet is so great.
In part three I want to further examine the Paleo diet, but now, take a look at what you shouldn't be eating and if the claims have merit.
Whether you think CrossFit is awesome or worse than Lady Gaga’s music, there’s no doubt it has had an immense impact in the past few years.
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In this article, I'll discuss who should use pause work and how much is appropriate. Note: this information is guided towards competitive powerlifters or anyone looking to improve maximal strength.
I will bring up specificity in nearly every training article I write, because it's that important, it lays the foundation for everything else.
With that being said, paused work is highly specific to powerlifting. It's literally the same movement with a pause. So you naturally expect a large carryover to lift and here are some reasons (other than specificity) why. For brevity I use only the squat as an example in this article.
Like shooting a basketball or hitting a baseball, powerlifting is a skill. This doesn’t seem to be popular concept among beginner powerlifters and even some coaches. Many traditional programs schedule the competition lifts only once per week. Think many top basketball players only shoot once per week?