If you read the Washington Post, or at least its website, you probably came across an article entitled “‘Gym’s High-Intensity Workout Left Me Disabled,’ Man Testifies” yesterday. Those who follow the main site or the CF Forums are already familiar with the incident the WaPo is reporting. However, we wanted to post this article here and hear your thoughts about situation or the article itself.
For the most part, we at CFDC are pretty gung-ho about doing our workouts. We know that the price to pay will be physical discomfort, often for days to follow (although not to the same degree that is at the heart of this situation). Considering that and what happened to Mimms, what are your thoughts or concerns regarding this case and this piece from WaPo?
*Thanks to Chris S. for passing along the link!*
Maiko posted this, and I want to see everyones comments, but first make a point. CrossFit is known for its hard workouts. We strive to find the most potent physical stimulus, because we know thats what leads to adaptation. We know that these workouts deliver a punch, so it is the job of the trainer to discern how much of a dose is appropriate. Scaling is one of the main facets of CrossFit training, making a workout appropriate for each individual.
I have no idea what happened in the case mentioned, so I will refrain from commenting, however I feel that CrossFit as an organization has been exemplary at warning of the dangers of rhabdo. Here is an injury that occurs almost as a given in every marathon, but the few people warning of the danger are held up as the problem. In fact, every gym has a waiver warning of the danger of exercise, and people die in them, or in races, or baseball practice regularly. CrossFit are up front about not just the inherent risk, but how it happens, and how to best avoid it.