“I’m not in good enough shape to do that”, or “CrossFit is to dangerous”. If you’ve ever talked to a friend that doesn’t do CrossFit then these, or something close to them, is probably a phrase you’ve heard before. They’re probably even a thoughts you’ve had before finally giving it a try. Once you do start though these ideas seem a bit ridiculous, but if you look at it from how the general public is seeing it it could seem a bit crazy.
With how media works it’s almost certain that the only thing most people have seen of CrossFit is the very top end. If that was your only reference point it would be more surprising that you would want to try it. Watching Games athletes move crazy heavy barbells, swing on rigs, toss sandbags, and play with whatever crazy implement Dave Castro has had built is very intimidating. Though watching any people who are the best in the world at what they do is intimidating. Thinking that is the same thing that you would be attempting is just unrealistic to be honest. It’s like not playing a flag football game because you watched the Super Bowl, or not trying rock climbing because you watched Free Solo. Watching Bob Ross paint a mountain landscape should be less of a reason to never pick up a paint brush, and more of something to try and work your best towards.
It’s not as common as it was in the past, but there are still some ideas out there that CrossFit is inherently dangerous. In the early days of CrossFit it was an improper understanding of the methodology, but this has largely been cleared up through the focus of health and longevity that CrossFit prioritizes. However, there are still memes and fail compilations. This can sound weird that things like these are legitimately putting ideas of something not being safe, but again it comes back to if it’s the sole information source. Of course watching a video of someone crashing on a bicycle isn’t gonna make you not ride yours, but that’s because you know that bikes are totally safe unless someone does something improper, or just flat out dumb, on it. It’s the last part that’s tough when it comes to CrossFit because people don’t have a reference point for if it’s improper. Most of the population has never seen a snatch, so when someone has terrible technique, and it comes down on them making them do a somersault with the bar, it goes viral and people assume it was close to correct.
People are always gonna have their own thoughts on things, and that’s totally fine, as long as they’re forming those thoughts with correct information. Of course there can be risks in doing CrossFit because there can be risks in literally everything. In truth, injuries CrossFit aren’t any more common than with any other sport or form of exercise. I’ll even admit that you’re probably not in good enough shape to do CrossFit… if you’re using the pinnacle of the sport as your guideline. Using the true methodologies, though, there’s an all inclusiveness that doesn’t care if an NFL star, a 70 year old, or a 9-5er walks in.