Turns out the keto diet isn't the only wellness trend that Jillian Michaels has a problem with. The latest item in her crosshairs? CrossFit.
In a video filmed by Shape magazine, the celebrity trainer criticizes the trendy workout, citing "multiple issues."
"First of all, you’ve got what, maybe 20 to 25 movements that don’t really vary? And you’re doing them over and over and over again," she said. "So on one hand it stops being effective because you’re not challenging the body from various angles of push and pull, with different varieties of exercises and different types of movements that work different modalities.”
While the video was filmed back in December, it was recently shared on the magazine's Instagram account, and has since gone viral. No doubt triggered by the intense and loyal CrossFit community, many of which criticized Michaels for her comments.
"She literally has no idea what she’s talking about," commented one.
"What DOES she like? Oh, just her programs? Gotcha," another wrote with an eye-rolling emoji.
"Maybe she has some valid points, but saying that people should quit CrossFit is plain stupid," said another.
Michaels, for her part, admitted her opinion would "make so many people p----- off." But, true to her outspoken personality, she didn't care.
"And I know CrossFit (athletes say), ‘Oh, we work all the modalities!’ — but no, not really, so shouldn’t you choose a workout that has a little bit more flexibility and strength so you get more mobility, not just power, which is speed and strength," she said.
Instead, Michaels recommends a more balanced workout.
“A little agility work, maybe some endurance training,” she said. “So that you’re training in a more balanced way, to keep the body changing and keep your training more holistic by hitting all modalities of fitness.”
According to CrossFit's official website, the fitness regimen, which was developed by Greg Glassman over several decades, uses varied functional movements performed at high intensity.
"All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more," the website states, adding that, "everyone can do CrossFit regardless of age, injuries and current fitness levels. The program is modified for each person to help him or her safely become healthier and fitter."
While Michaels certainly has a platform for her comments, her remarks will probably not diminish the wildly popular workout. In a 2015 Master's thesis Harvard Divinity School students included CrossFit as one of ten places that “Millennials gather” instead of traditional religious institutions. And with 13,000 licensed operators serving at least two million exercisers -- and counting -- it's unlikely that comments from even someone like Michaels will diminish its popularity.
First, keto, now CrossFit. What's next on Michaels' hit list? Fingers crossed it's not yoga.
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