Q&A: Does CrossFit Training Have A Place In High School Athletics?
Scott Sundgren, Head Coach Girls Volleyball, South Fayette PA
Every so many years a new ‘training revolution’ hits the scene. By revolution I mean more than just a fad… something that resinates with the entire fitness industry. Think aerobics, spinning, group exercise, and most recently – CrossFit.
For those of you not in the know, CrossFit is a style of training that mixes total body movements with high intensities. The movements are ‘athletic’ because they’re done with free weights and other appratus. To get the gist, I’ll go as far as linking the Crossfit Website. Have a look and see what you think (no worries, I know you’ll be back).
CrossFit, the brand, does many things well. Two things come to mind: communication and community. CrossFit has found a way to package fitness into an idea people die for. Blog posting, comment sections, open forums, web sites, certifications, affiliations, etc. You can’t get very far into fitness and not come across someone touting the prowless of CrossFit.
It’s easy to get sucked in (I did for a while). You get sold on the ideas of fitness and what we’re lead to believe is the end all, game over, pack-it-in mindset that CrossFit is the epitome of training. The epitome of performance all the way down to youth and youth athletes.
In the last year or two, CrossFit has made its way into high school training programs. I’m seeing more questions and comparisons. People are asking if I do ‘anything like CrossFit… because that stuff is really hard’.
That’s where the brakes come on.
Scott Sundgren, Head Volleyball Coach for South Fayette High School, submitted a question to the ‘Q&A With The Coach’s Coach’ asking about the advantages and disadvantages of CrossFit. In this video I explain the main CrossFit advantage, and the exact reasons why it doesn’t belong in high school training programs.