CrossFit, Failed Drug Tests & Sanctions
CrossFit Games failed drug tests: A History
The first time I heard about CrossFit was when my friend told me about it. He had read an article online and wanted to try it out. At the time I didn’t really pay much attention to fitness trends or anything like that, but after seeing him do some basic movements with no equipment at all, I knew that something wasn’t right. He looked so strong! Then he did a few pull ups and pushups, then went outside and jumped up and down.
After doing that for awhile, I asked him how he felt.
“I feel great!” That’s when I realized what kind of workout routine he was following.
He probably thought that because he could do some basic exercises without any equipment, that it must be good for him! But it turns out that he was using a very dangerous workout routine.
As far as I’m concerned, CrossFit isn’t just another gym. It’s a cult like organization that teaches its members to believe they’re superhuman beings capable of incredible feats of strength and endurance. They use the same type of workouts that bodybuilders use, only they don’t have any sort of nutritional advice or exercise tips from someone who actually knows what she’s talking about. Instead they have CrossFit “coaches” who aren’t given any sort of formal training in nutrition or strength and conditioning. If you look at pictures of the so called “instructors” at a CrossFit gym, you’ll notice that many of them are actually quite muscular—and that’s what draws people to their gym in the first place!
The moment I stepped into my friend’s CrossFit gym, I could feel the arrogance coming off these guys. I didn’t even train with them—I just watched them work out. They were doing stuff that I couldn’t even do. Yet, they didn’t seem like they were in good shape at all! Sure, they were lifting weights and jumping around and whatnot, but they looked flabby.
And then they tried to recruit me to join their cult?
No way, not happening. There’s nothing impressive about lifting 350 pounds if you look like a giant softball just standing there.
I train at a REAL gym. I’m not going to name any names, but let’s just say that there’s this guy who trains professional athletes. Now THAT’S impressive. I can’t even believe the stuff he has me doing. The workouts are hard, but they’re nothing that I couldn’t handle.
He’s helping me get in shape and get strong, but more importantly, he’s helping me prevent myself from getting injured while playing football. If you’re looking for a good gym to join, I’d go with this one. The staff is great and they really care about their clients. It’s not a CrossFit gym though, so if you like doing silly workouts like that, you’re out of luck.
This guy’s review of CrossFit made some interesting points. His complaints aren’t really anything new and most of it has been covered in this article already, but there’s one important thing that he mentioned that needs to be said again.
CrossFit is NOT a good way to stay in shape for football.
That’s it. That’s the important thing. CrossFit may prepare you for any possible situation, but all it really does it turn you into a better all-around athlete. If you want to get good at football, there are much better ways to do so.
As I’ve already said, CrossFit isn’t designed for anyone who wants to excel at one specific sport. It doesn’t help you in any specific way, except for helping you be more explosive and have a higher work capacity. These are both things that will come in handy if you play almost any sport, but they don’t do anything to make you a better football player in particular.
For most people, CrossFit is just an expensive fitness routine. It isn’t going to help you get to the NFL or even a Division I school. It isn’t going to help you impress recruiters. It isn’t going to get you a scholarship.
If you want to be a professional athlete, CrossFit probably isn’t for you. Even the strongest, fastest and most explosive athletes in the world don’t do CrossFit. They have their own specialized training routines designed by professionals to get them ready for their specific sport.
So if you want to be a football player, throw the barbells out the window and forget about the pull-ups. Start practicing your QB drops, learning how to block properly, and doing shuttle runs. If you really want to improve yourself, find a good strength coach and tailor a workout plan for yourself. Most of all, practice, practice, practice!
You may not need to do CrossFit to get a scholarship or impress a recruiter, but it can help. Some schools do CrossFit-like workouts during practice and in the offseason to keep their players sharp and their stamina up. If you’re already used to that type of workout, it can help you get into school and even get playing time right away.
And if you do get a scholarship or your professional career, CrossFit might help you stay at the top of your game longer by keeping you injury-free and less likely to get sick.
It’s up to you though. Like I’ve said before, CrossFit isn’t for everyone. It isn’t the only way to have a successful career. It can be a fun hobby or even a great way to get in shape. But if you really want to be the best, you need to specialize.
I’m going to stick with it for now and see where it takes me. Hopefully I’ll be writing an NFL article one day about how CrossFit helped me achieve my dreams.
Until then, thanks for sticking with me and good luck on your own goals.
Sources & references used in this article:
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- CrossFit, Inc. v. National Strength & Conditioning Ass’n: Industry Competitor Blames CrossFit for Injuring People in an Effort to Avoid Injuring Its Own Business (M Becker – Sports Law. J., 2017 – HeinOnline)
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