Impact on extreme conditioning programs: Crossfit, Insanity, etc

In 2011, the Consortium for Health and Military Performance and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released the “Consensus Paper on Extreme Conditioning. (Link below).  The paper looked at extreme conditioning programs, including CrossFit and Insanity, and revealed that “physicians and other primary care and rehabilitation providers have identified a potential emerging problem of disproportionate musculoskeletal injury risk, particularly for novice participants.

The ACSM paper recommends that “an effective and safe conditioning regimen must consist of incremental, progressive introduction of exercises and workloads based on fitness and specific conditioning needs and limitations of the individual” (emphasis original).

What’s your take in regards to “Extreme Conditioning” programs?  Are they the proper fit for your every day fitness enthusiast?

Consortium for Health and Military Performance and American College of Sports Medicine consensus paper on extreme conditioning programs in military personnel.

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