Working the body hard

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 22, 2012 - 7:20 PM

More people are pursuing extreme fitness in gyms, homes and church basements. One Minneapolis woman is near the top.

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tomtom02Sep. 21, 12 8:37 PM

Cross Fit,P90X and others like it are for the most highly motivated [driven]. God Bless and Help them! I am a fit individual, but I'll just stick with my slow, plodding, methodical routine thank you. My motivation to move my own butt teeters on the edge everyday.

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cavellSep. 22, 12 2:48 PM

I am at 9% body fat while my son is 5%. It's all diet.

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erikj3Sep. 22, 12 3:59 PM

These programs have an addictive effect on people, and they're run almost like cults. I'm not necessarily saying that's a bad thing (it's good for people to exercise), but when a program glorifies horrible injuries (as Crossfit does "Uncle Rhabdo", or rhabdomyolysis-Google it!), and when people riot if you simply ask questions about the program, there's something wrong with it...

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hugelatsSep. 24, 12 1:39 PM

I couldn't agree more with erikj3. I am an army officer and until recently taking company command, I worked at the US Army Physical Readiness Division which oversees all matters of fitness doctrine in the army. I also have a BS and MS in Exercise Science. I vividly remember a shouting match with the CrossFit CEO during a teleconference in which he erroneously stated what is meant by functional fitness as well as erroneously stated the physics equation for power (he said it's Force X Distance, which is actually the equation for work; Power is computed as Force X Distance Divided by Time). When I pointed these things out, the response I got was "son, you just flunked physics." He was not only incorrect on his material, but pompous toward anyone who would question him. In another sound byte, he stated "I'm willing to give up a little on form if it gets a few more reps." That sentence in and of itself sounds like a recipe for injury to any true fitness professional. I now command a company of 241 soldiers and have forbidden any of them from taking part in CrossFit.

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