CrossFit will become accredited in the state of California, but it won’t make the training at certs any better, Coach Greg Glassman told participants at a CrossFit Level 1 Certification Seminar at CrossFit Brisbane in Brisbane, Australia on May 16, 2009.
CrossFit trainers have more in common with rugby or swimming coaches than trainers in commercial gyms. That’s because CrossFit trainers keep score in competitive workouts. And sports coaches have a higher risk tolerance than Globo Gym trainers. When novice members of rugby team are taught to tackle, one or two may get injured. The only way to have a perfectly safe program is to have a perfectly ineffective one. But you can’t define success as simply the avoidance of injury. Doing too little in a training program doesn’t prepare you for life. Failing to measure long-term consequences is just a way to hide from ineffective programs. Efficacy, efficiency, and safety must all be considered together.
The real goal is to be powerful across broad time and modal domains for as long as possible. Few athletes would want high VO 2 max if they lose the game. And how much good is merely being disease-free as a senior citizen, if you have poor functionality and and a bad quality of life?