- Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels has spoken out against the popular workout style CrossFit once again, arguing that the fast pace and intensity may lead to injury, especially with inconsistent coaching.
- Michaels has previously critiqued CrossFit, calling certain exercises “cheating.” The sport has been controversial among other fitness experts as well.
- Top athletes and gym owners have defended CrossFit’s methodology, citing its precise definition of fitness as a combination of strength, endurance, power, and a variety of skills.
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Celebrity personal trainer Jillian Michaels has reignited her feud with the popular fitness brand CrossFit, saying that she doesn’t “understand the logic” of the program, and that she believes the fast-paced, high-intensity workouts may do more harm than good.
Michaels made the comments in a video posted her Instagram and YouTube pages in response to questions from fans and users of her app.
“I really don’t understand the trainer logic,” she said. “To me, it seems like beating after beating after beating.”
It is not the first time Michaels has voiced concerns about CrossFit’s intense, rapid-fire workout style for years, calling the sport “cheating.”
In her latest critique, Michaels said she believes that CrossFit risks injury for less advanced athletes who attempt Olympic-style weight-lifting exercises — a common concern among the sport’s critics.
Michaels, founder of her own 30 Day Shred regimen, also said she doesn’t think the program allows enough time for recovery, and recommends doing CrossFit just twice a week.
CrossFit athletes and gym owners were quick to defend the sport, explaining the methods behind CrossFit’s complex programming and arguing that with proper training, it can be done safely even for beginners.
CrossFit trainers can vary in experience level, although many are highly qualified
Michaels said she believes CrossFit isn’t consistent in its level of expertise. It’s a common concern voiced by fitness experts (including within the CrossFit community).
“Not to say you can’t be a CrossFitter and be in great shape, but it depends on the quality of your coach,” Michaels said.
The minimum requirement for CrossFit trainers (a Level One Certificate) is a two-day weekend training course followed by a test. Some of the coaches are highly qualified or even renowned masters in specializations like weight lifting and gymnastics. However, it’s not required that instructors have a degree in exercise science, previous teaching experience or other coaching certifications, although many CrossFit instructors do have those qualifications.
Training expertise is important because CrossFit workouts often include advanced weight lifting and gymnastics movements that can be challenging for everyday athletes to learn,…