5 thoughts on “I never heard of rhabdo before but I’ve heard of overtraining, so yeah I’m not surprised this happens with Crossfit.

  1. ha. i had rhabdo after my second ultra. I ran a 50 mile in north carolina in the dead of summer and didn’t know proper hydration. It was not fun….but yeah…..funny cross fit is in the eye of this storm right now.

      1. yeah, totally fine now. It was a little weird for a few months – lots of blood tests, doctors who told me “you never know which race will be your last…” blah blah, etc. But, I took care of myself and am fine. And now i hydrate properly!

  2. I keep seeing this everywhere, & I have to say, as someone who does CrossFit as a way of getting in my strength training, this is incredibly overdramatized & taken out of context. It’s just nothing like the way it’s portrayed in the article–not even remotely. I think it’s worth pointing out that the girl said she didn’t *want* to fall behind her partner, not that anyone was pressuring her to match them. As a result, it sounds like she ended up trying to do something that was way, way beyond her training & abilities (sort of like someone who’s accustomed to running 3-4 miles suddenly attempting a marathon), and that’s what causes rhabdo, not CrossFit.

    My coaches have always emphasized the importance of listening to your body & being careful not to do too much to fast, so at worst maybe you can fault the coach for not stressing that enough. At a certain point, though, people do have to take personal responsibility for making bad training choices, particularly in an activity they’re familiar with, as it sounds like she was.

    1. I thought about this today, because someone else said a similar thing: personal responsibility. And, I mean, I’ve done tons of Crossfit and that’s certainly always been my point: that it can be good, but you have to do what you have to do, you can’t get caught up in the atmosphere of harder, faster! Because, I think the point the author was making is that if rhabdo is happening at very high proportions in a certain activity (any activity) than you have to have questions about the structure of that activity making that more likely. Concussions happen a lot in football. Certainly you could avoid them to a degree, but at a point when they’re so prevalent and the rates are statistically significant it suggests that there is something inherent in football that is leading to brain-injury-inducing concussions. If Crossfit is truly correlated with statistically significantly high rates of rhabdo, then we can’t just say ‘oh well, all those people didn’t exercise personal responsibility,’ we have to ask what is it structurally about Crossfit that is leading to this?

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