CrossFit has been discussed a time or two in the TCB email discussions. I am all for people getting off the couch and getting in shape and finding ways to motivate people to do that is a big deal (I am a high school football coach). Something about CrossFit has always just rubbed me the wrong way. I looked into it, kicked around the idea of joining a gym... urr, I mean "box," but ultimately something just kept turning me off. We joke about the title, but it was the hyper aggressive talking about Crossfit that ultimately turned me off. People posting pictures on social media standing on their head. It felt like a pyramid scheme, except instead of money, you got some abs...
Then, a friend of my wife's (yes the Rangerette one, Anthony, Brooks, and Spencer) injured herself as a CrossFitter. I have been around dancers and the dance world since I've met my wife, and they do punish their bodies to stay in top shape. However, this girl injured herself bad enough that she was required to be in a back brace for an extended period of time. She had danced for 20 plus years, but had never injured herself as bad as she had participating in CrossFit.
This CrossFit thing seems quite relevant because it is the workout of choice of our 2014 1.1, Brady Aiken. Now, Aiken and the Astros have yet to reach an agreement because of an "elbow irregularity" that came up in the physical. Immediately, the red dots began to focus on Aiken's history with CrossFit and his trainer was actually quite adamant that Aiken was just fine in this Chronicle article. The trainer claims that he is "fit" and "healthy."
Now, I am not blaming Aiken's irregularity on CrossFit. However, Aiken has been doing CrossFit workouts since age 10.
And then the article that inspired this Daily Boil came out on Deadspin. CrossFit is suing the National Strength and Conditioning association for producing a study that shined a bad light on them. The study included 54 participants and it did prove that most participants lose body fat and increase their fitness levels. However, 9 of the participants quit due to injury. Another study linked the Deadspin article claim that CrossFit has an injury rate on par with Olympic powerlifting and gymnastics, which is higher than some contact sports like rugby.
I am sure Aiken will sign for some amount of money between where he and Astros are at, but one does have to wonder if CrossFit possibly cost Aiken some money.