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Guy Leahy, Med, CSCS,*D is currently serving dual roles as the interim flight commander/exercise physiologist at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ. Leahy is a member of the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NSCA and is CSCS® certified. Leahy is the author/co-author of over 30 professional articles, including original research which has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, TSAC Report, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Nature, Science, and Scientific American. He has presented at several conferences, most recently at the 2011 NSCA Annual Meeting, where he was also an invited speaker at the TSAC Special Interest Group. Leahy holds a Master of Education degree from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon.
To whom it may concern, ( opinion piece )Disclosure: I Lloyd Shaw have no, or ever had any financial ties or dealing with Russell Greene and Russell Berger of CrossFit fame.. My dealings with them was purely based on promoting ethics / consumer
more» protection work founded on common beliefs.My intent was to help them fight the NSCA and Richard Beddie from spreading scare mongering lies about CrossFit. Simply because I found it unethical .As a Mortician and Fitness Industry leader in my field, I take my fight against dishonesty in our industry very seriously. As it has very real consequences beyond someone losing a few dollars. It can rob opportunities from people to help themselves.It is my belief only a combination of full disclosure, passionate people and good safe exercise options can help our population regain its health.My warning........After having personal contact and working on a project with both Russell Greene and Russell Berger. It is my honest opinion their lack of discipline, personal standards and lack of accountability is the root cause of CrossFit's reputation of unsafe practices.Their almost psychopathic ability to deny any wrongdoing is a dangerous thing to have in the Fitness Industry. I believe their current mindset would allow them to cover up any incident of under-educated dangerous trainers, accidents or even death, that would interfere with their profit margin / marketing and justify it. Without remorse.Their willingness to use academics who claim expertise outside their actual experience or qualifications to influence or misdirect the consumer is disturbing.It is my opinion it is only a matter of time before a tragedy occurs and regulation will be forced on this industry. It is my hope that regulation comes in before a tragedy.Kind regards Lloyd ShawSpecialist MorticianDesigner / Founder of Commercial VT«less
Comment Posted by Member:Guy,You’ve made both inaccurate and misleading statements in your article. Allow me to correct a few.1. "There do not appear to be any studies of ECPs in the peer-reviewed literature.”This is false. The NSCA published
more» a peer-reviewed study of CrossFit under the title "Crossfit-based high intensity power training improves maximal aerobic fitness and body composition”The problem is the study’s own coordinator claims the injury data is completely fabricated. The investigation into this study, as well as the entire transcript of my interview with the author can be found here: http://journal.crossfit.com/2013/05/acsm.tpl The NSCA has failed to respond to this issue, perhaps you can help. 2. You also criticize CrossFit for failing “...to meet nationally recognized standards of quality”, and for not “...achieving NCCA accreditation”. What you fail to note here is that CrossFit’s L1 Trainer Course is accredited by ANSI, making it the only *internationally* accredited fitness program in the world. We have no yet “achieved” the NCCA accreditation because we aren’t interested in it. 3. You state that " though ECPs such as CrossFit...are very popular, this popularity does not appear to be warranted. There is little evidence from peer-reviewed studies that ECPs are safe and/or effective...”To suggest, in particular, that military men and women base their decisions to use CrossFit on peer-reviewed literature is laughable. On the contrary, our warriors on the ground decide if a program works based on observable, real-world results. This is why I chose to use CrossFit while serving in a combat unit 8 years ago. For examples of these types of results, one only need to look at the athletes competing in the CrossFit Games. I look forward to your response on these points.Thanks«less