The firefighter not only needs to devote time to improving operational skill but also must focus on improving operational strength, conditioning and/or nutrition. As with any professional athlete, a professional in the EMS community is obligated to maintain a certain level of “Operational Fitness”. By implementing the latest cutting edge training methods and fundamental scientific principles, the Firefighter Strength and Conditioning program focuses on enhancing athleticism for today’s Firefighters.
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WHY CROSSFIT SUCKS!
Ok, before all the cultists start jumping all over me, Crossfit isn't THAT bad. It just many flaws. Too many for me to recommend anyone doing it. Here's why I wouldn't recommend it:
No Progression - And sadly, no regression. Crossfit doesn't have a progression or regression protocol for it's "coaches" to follow. They just expect everyone to be proficient at the olympic lifts from day one.
Doing Technically Challenging Lifts While in a State of Exhaustion - Many times the workout of the day (WOD) will have an olympic lift preceded by some long run. It may be like: run 200 meters then clean and press 135 pounds as many times as you can in 60 seconds. My opinion, pre-exhausting yourself before doing a technically challenging lift is a recipe for disaster.
Unqualified Coaches Teaching These Lifts - To be a Crossfit "coach", you must pay $500 for a one day workshop. In this workshop, you spend the day learning to teach the methods and lifts in the Crossfit program (I use the term Crossfit program loosely, but more on that later). Granted, they do have some of the best in the business at these workshops (Mark Rippetoe and Louis Simmons), but you can't learn enough in one eight hour workshop to be proficient at teaching these lifts.
No Program - The slogan of Crossfit is "Increased work capacity over a broad domain." To me, that sounds like be mediocre at everything and good at nothing. It seems as though the WOD's are just made up on the spot with no thought given to periodization. I think the people who write the WOD's focus on the workout and not the program. The workouts just focus on being hard. It's important for people to realize that just because something is hard, it doesn't means it's effective.
Like I said earlier, Crossfit isn't that bad. I am all for anything that gets people off the couch and moving. I just fear that, with Crossfit, the risk far outweighs the reward. The reason I made this a double post was that Crossfit really targets the Police/Fire/Military crowd and I felt as thought the two were pretty closely related.
By the way, this is Crossfit's mascot, Pukie the Clown. Sounds like something I want to be a part of. /Sarcasm