Originally Posted by Doug Lantz
Gillian makes some valid points in the article about some problems that have occurred in CF over the years.
However she also seems to me to fall into that category of people who have their own problems before they get to you.
As soon as this person starts a relationship with you, now suddenly you are somehow responsible for their problem.
For example she mentions doing a "CF workout" that consisted of 150 burpees and 150 pullups for time and how bad she felt it for days afterwards. I am quite sure that "WOD" has never appeared on the mainsite, not sure where she got it from.
She also mentioned "I decided to go for a ten mile run − insane, because I never run."
I think she had some issues long before she ever found CF.
The bottom line is that Rip's favorite workout these days seems to be grinding his axe against CF.
Many of his posters and people who he has interviewed or have contributed articles bash CF by name, often with his encouragement.
I'm always suspicious of someone's motives who spends their time attacking someone or something else rather than simply pitching the advantages of their own program, views, etc.
I really don't think he's trying to save the masses from what he now thinks is a bad program, this is personal.
I would tend to think he should have more gratitude for something that has helped his business to flourish.
It was clearly a bad break up but we don't know nearly the level of detail that we know about Robb Wolf, Greg Everett or Dan John's ousters.
Frankly, I don't know many women who DON'T have body image issues. I know that I didn't imagine the fact that on several occasions I hung out at the pool in my bikini with other women, most of whom were CrossFitters and all of whom weighed significantly LESS than I did, and that they all spent half the time there picking apart their bodies. There is a reason I just did a segment on women and body image on Iron Radio. It's because it's a COMMON issue. I certainly don't think it's unique to CrossFit, and I don't think that Gillian was saying that either. However, I do think that trainers need to be more conscious of that fact. When I did the USATF certification, a large portion of the endurance section was spent discussing eating disorders and body image. I thought it was extremely useful and necessary.
And, REALLY. Every single client who walks in your door brings some kind of baggage. Everyone has their own problems. Those problems don't have to be weight or body image. But, whatever those problems are, you have to be able to deal with them effectively. That's your job.
And, I will openly laugh out loud at anyone who questions Rip's motives, especially after reading Gillian's article and the first hand details of what he and the staff at WFAC did for her. That had nothing to do with bashing CrossFit. Does Rip get his jabs in occasionally? Sure. But, so do a lot of people. That's not what motivates him to do what he does every single day. Anyone who asks for advice on his forum, anyone who reads his articles and watches his platform videos, and anyone who has ever been coached by the man or who has spent any amount of time with him knows better than that. I'm one of those people, and I'm damn glad that I am.