This is insane. I mean how heavy can it get?! In another 7 years how much heavier is it going to be, and what is even possible?
Kevin Ogar, his accident is awful and I honestly feel so bad for him. Everything happens for a reason though, and I wonder if this will serve to be the wakeup call that the crossfit community so desperately needs. It has forced everyone to rexamine the sport and what it has become and where it’s going. I liked seeing the questions on where the sport is going and what is happening to the programming, especially at competitions. My husband is a regionals athlete and even just the changes from his first year as an individual in 2011 to the programming in 2012 was astounding. I remember being thankful that he DIDNT make it as an individual in 2012. Those loads were really heavy and the workouts themselves seemed to have stepped up.
As a wife, who is a worrier, I have often thought that some of these workouts straddle the line of safety and force people into situations that aren’t right for them but then the peer pressure of the sheer determination of completing the workout overwhelms and wins over fear and in some cases, common sense. The Crossfit Games with the open water swim should have garnered more attention for being out of line then it did. It took people who have worked their asses off to get there and then put them in a dangerous situation of an open water ocean swim, not taking into account how many were swimmers or even remotely comfortable with that. Being nervous is one thing, but who is going to willingly sit out of the first workout of the GAMES due to fear of the water? That swim resulted in lots of injuries and it really could have been way worse. Changing it to a pool was a much better idea this last year but where was the wisdom in 2011? Why didnt anyone step up and suggest that an open water ocean swim may not be a good idea for athletes, many of which don’t train in water? Many that confessed after the comp to being terrified of the water.
. This article was amazingly well written and had some great points, this being one that I fully agree with: What we have seen in these weekend competitions is a trend toward ass-kicking beat-downs. I have experienced it. So have many others. What started as tests of fitness have now almost become tests of sheer force of will. Sheer survival. One of the workouts at the OC Throwdown was even called Welcome to Hell.
I just feel like the system is flawed and on its way to being broken. There has always been negative feedback on the certification process and I agree that it is vastly under managed. I had to take 200 HOURS for my yoga cert which included anatomy, physiology as well as hours making sure I knew what form to look for, and its just YOGA. using all body weight. Throwing in people lifting more then their bodyweight overhead in technical lifts, there needs to be a serious amount of training for that!
Not only that, but I would go so far to say that anyone who has ever been in a Crossfit competition has experienced working with loose plates all over the floor and not enough space around yourself to safely bail if needed. How many times have you watched a comp and cringed knowing that a slight mis-step by a judge or athlete could lead to a serious accident out on the floor? I think that it is SO common in crossfit that it has become the norm which in itself is a huge problem.
I am praying for Kevin and hope for a full recovery. I also hope to see the changes toward supporting a healthier community and safer standards.