CrossFit and Baseball: The Two Don’t Mix
Some things are just made to complement one another.
Will & Grace
He-Man and BattleCat
Boston & Red Sox
Peanut butter & jelly, peanut butter & chocolate, peanut butter & well, pretty much anything.
Hint: I really like peanut butter.
It goes without saying we could fill an infinite abyss of “synergistic” pairings that play off one another, of which one component helps to enhance or harmonize the effectiveness of the other.
One pairing that doesn’t belong on that list is CrossFit and baseball.
We work with a crap ton (just a shade under a boat load) of baseball players and one of the more common themes or questions we receive on a weekly (if not daily) basis is our opinion on CrossFit.
It seems you can’t walk more than 20 yards nowadays without crossing paths with a CrossFit gym – or someone bragging about their Paleo lifestyle. And, for better or worse (mostly better, it’s hard to dismiss anything which gets people excited to grab a barbell), it’s abundantly clear it’s been tattooed into our popular culture.
As such, many people – athletes in particular – are curious about its merits.
CrossFit is a great fit for a small percentage of people, an okay fit for a slightly larger percentage, and an absolute ball of walking fail for an even larger percentage.
Baseball players fall into the latter category and in my latest article for Stack.com I explain why.