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Controversy over crossfit

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Josh Lehew says the intensity of Crossfit is what inspired him to open Crossfit Soda City. Josh Lehew says the intensity of Crossfit is what inspired him to open Crossfit Soda City.
Crossfitters like Sarah Clinton perform exercises like power cleans as part of a W.O.D., or workout of the day. Crossfitters like Sarah Clinton perform exercises like power cleans as part of a W.O.D., or workout of the day.

 By Jacob Boland

Crossfit is the latest big trend in the world of health and fitness. This form of exercise encourages people to push their bodies beyond what they would normally be capable of with no rest, high repetition workouts.

Many people are drawn to the quick pace and physical results of crossfit, but recent studies from the American Council on Exercise found crossfit may be pushing people too far.

Josh Lehew opened Crossfit Soda City earlier this year. He can vividly remember the first time he crossed paths with crossfit.

"I walked in there thinking I was the biggest, baddest man on earth and quickly found out that I was a little girl. I ended up quivering on the floor in a puddle of sweat," Josh said. 

Josh puts members of Crossfit Soda City through daily workouts that consist of sets of deadlifts, box jumps, push ups, power cleans, and pull ups. Members perform sets of these exercises nonstop for an hour at a time, rotating exercises every 5 or 10 minutes.  

Dr. James Carson is chair of the Exercise Science department at USC. He said the studies claiming crossfit is hazardous may be a bit sensationalized.

"Crossfit is no more dangerous than any other form of exercise. When you talk about the dangers of crossfit, its gonna be in the exercises you choose to do, the intensity in which you choose to do them, and how well you've actually learned to do the exercise," said Dr. Carson.

He believes crossfits approach of combining strength training, cardio, and resistance training is a good thing.

The controversy over crossfit continues but at the end of the day crossfit has the same goal as any other workout, and that is to get people healthy and improve lives. And as long as there are people willing to push themselves crossfit will continue to improve lives with intense workouts.

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