Am I the only one who’s noticed all the bashing going ’round lately? I’m not talking about Obama vs. Romney, either. I’m talking about the negative campaigns from one fitness camp to another. Neither party is guilt free here–both are voicing some strong opinions about the other. Both are espousing their superiority. And really, I think it’s all just stupid.
What I’m talking about is how the HIIT and CrossFit people are going hard after the endurance folks and vice versa. In the one corner, you’ve got the folks who believe the only way to go is through shorter, high intensity workouts. Staying out there for hours or miles at a time? Gets you no where, according to this camp. Jackie Warner (and her very sculpted self) has spoken out quite loudly on this, recently telling Amanda at Run to the Finish that long-distance runners often have a soft, or “doughy” appearance due to their fitness approach.
On the other side of the aisle, you’ve got endurance athletes taking CrossFit and the lifestyle that goes with it to task. I’ve seen plenty of negativity about HIIT style workouts from this camp–talking about how it isn’t a “sport,”how it’s likely to lead to injury, and how it breeds a cult mentality.
I’m sure there are a few valid points to both arguments, but let me make a point here. In an increasingly obese and unhealthy society, is there any good reason to bash others for their fitness choices? How about we support each other and show others that there are many, many choices on the road to fitness? What works for one person might not work for the next. And that’s ok.
I’m a firm believer that until someone finds their “thing” in fitness, be it triathlon, running, CrossFit, or Zumba, he or she isn’t going to stick with it. Running is my thing. Do I think I might look a bit better and be a bit stronger if I took up CrossFit? Yep. But I love running, have only so much time for training, and so I spend the most time there. I have a friend who loves CrossFit (and looks amazing for it) and so that’s where she spends her time. Why would I ever judge her for that?
Even crazier, people, is that there are folks who have successfully married both approaches (gasp)! Look no further than Jess at Blonde Ponytail if you want to see this in action.
So bottom line, let’s call a truce. We all represent healthy lifestyles in some way, shape or form. And that should be all that matters.