Originally Posted by Trevor Shaw
Stop giving certifications to people who have have zero education in exercise physiology and strength & conditioning program design. Jason Nunn said it the best.
"There needs to be some sort of accountability for these trainers. Nail technicians and cosmetologists both have to have state licenses to practice their craft. Currently, trainers do not. I’m not trying to belittle anyone’s profession here, but if these two make a mistake, the customer’s hair may be a shade off or her nail polish may not match. An uneducated trainer could kill someone!"- Jason Nunn (writer for Elite Fitness Systems
That all sounds good, but there big flaws in Mr. Nunn's statements. #1 most formal programs that teach exercise physiology or strength and conditioning have their basis in theories based on anecdotes or worthless poorly designed research with sample sizes in the single digits. Yes, people learn more getting a 4 year degree than in a 2 day seminar, but how much of what they learned in getting that degree is valid or useful? Some formal programs are good, but many are not. 2 days of correct information may be better than years of misinformation.
2nd although your worry that an "uneducated" trainer could kill someone sounds valid, if it were true, then there would be countless deaths or life threatening cases of rhabdomyolysis give the number of people training people in the CrossFit methodology. However, even though the number of people doing CrossFit workouts each day is probably in the 100's of thousands, there are more cases of rhabdomyolysis in a single marathon in a major city than CrossFit gets in a year.
There are 2 reasons that the association of rhabdomyolysis with CrossFit get press, and neither of them has to do with a high likelyhood of CrossFit causing life threatening injuries. 1. The potentcy of CrossFit workouts makes it possible to get exercise induced rhabdomyolysis outside of the typical setting, which is, a long effort on a hot day, often associated with heat injury. However, life threatening cases of rhabdomyolysis are exceedingly rare in the CrossFit setting happening far less than 0.01% of the time. 2. CrossFit is in the practice of being open about issues with the program, which is the best way to ensure that the practitioners are educated and that the potential for issues is minimized.