Lucas Zepeda, three year CrossFit veteran and UCSC men's water polo alum.
CrossFit was recently featured in UCSC's student newspaper City on a Hill Press. At one point women's soccer coach Michael Runeare is quoted as saying "I've been overall really happy with it, some of the concerns I have are that some of the repetitions are dangerous, such as squats and lunges... sometimes when athletes go as fast as they can they put themselves in danger because technique goes out the door." Does Coach Runeare have a legitimate reason to be concerned?
Yes and no. Squatting and lunging are fundamentally safe movements that ultimately strengthen athletes and prevent injury. However, if a coach is truly concerned about the safety of these two movements it is likely he/she has not had proper experience or training in how to perform and/or coach them. Also, it is important to understand the relationship between technique and intensity as a balance between the two optimizes favorable adaptations and improvement.
That being said, it has been shown time and time again that "bad" CrossFit is better than no CrossFit.
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75 pound Power snatch, 75 reps for time.