We definitely broke a great sweat (per the photo) and felt energized after. If you feel like your level of fitness is intermediate-advanced, you could probably do the workout at least twice! If you really give your all and challenge yourself with the weights and pace, then one time through is definitely sufficient. The coaches walked around as we worked to check on our form and make sure we were not cutting corners in order to get more speed. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to others!
For my Atlanta people, Nike Trainer Jamar Robinson M.S. has heard good things about Peachtree CrossFit!
Why some people think CrossFit is Dangerous:
CrossFit wouldn't have become a national phenomenon if it was all bad. There's over 7,000 CrossFit-affiliated boxes in the US, and tens of thousands of athletes that kip and clean on a regular basis. So what leads some to warn about potential injuries as a result of cross fit participation?
1. Poor Technique
This could be because of the coach, or because of the participants. The issues are magnified when a lack of proper technique is combined with inappropriately fast progression. This is why many facilities start their participants out using broomsticks, or don’t even focus on lifts for beginners- because in most cases, you need to have the fundamentals of the exercises down before adding load.
One of my clients explained that when she got injured after doing CrossFit, the coaches did start her off with a broomstick, but kept telling her to toss on more load even though she had just gotten the broomstick down. This quick load progression combined with the often fast pace and explosive nature of exercises/workouts- are an injury time bomb.
I had one client who was super ambitious. He was doing CrossFit at Iron Tribe, and then asked me to provide him with high intensity personal training sessions in addition. I asked him to do split days- separating our sessions from the cross fit by at least 24 hours.
He didn’t listen to my advice, and he got injured. This wasn't necessarily Iron Tribe’s fault or my fault. As his trainer, I advised him of the risks of overtraining, and Iron Tribe should have done similarly. In the same way that fitness professionals should be Participants, themselves also have the responsibility to listen to their bodies and heed the advice of fitness professionals, the professionals also need to provide the advice.
After Grassroots, I’d say I had a great, although still limited, experience with CrossFit. If you try it out, enjoy the fun, community feel- but continue to be careful and listen to your bodies!