I got my second recent client direct from a near by crossfit gym a month ago. I won't get my hopes up but so far the gym is good for business. The 2 that have came to me basically got hurt, asked around, looking for someone that does something similar (free weights) and have been referred to me, since i'm known for my use of freeweights as well as dealing with people in pain.
Anyway, the new girl, who at the ripe old age of 20 has been dealing with lower back pain is now pain free. After 4 weeks. She never had any pain in any session in the gym with me. She's also got leaner (she was already lean, so you can see it already), stronger, and feels better. She's excited about getting stronger. She understands technique and feels really confident in her ability now.
I like to be diplomatic with things like this. I don't like to criticise. However when she told me lastnight that she'd had no pain at all this week, then added that she's "not doing Crossfit at all anymore" (I never told her not to do it, btw), I said, "sometimes it's not about what you add but, what you remove". She said, "listen to you, trying hard not to say anything bad about crossfit".
Well, she got it in one.
I'm going for the more brutally honest approach now, what's the point in beating around the bush? I forget i'm at a stage now where I can say, "My results speak for themselves". I've tried to see the good in it but I'm fed up trying.
Camaraderie is a poor excuse for it. Maybe my standards are higher but, to me it's completely unacceptable for the average joe to get hurt whilst being trained by a Trainer. Why have a trainer if you just get hurt? What do you pay for then? I totally sympathise with the average joe figuring things out all by themselves and developing some aches and pains, but if you train under an alleged professional, who is supposed to care about your well being, there is no excuse whatsoever to get hurt.
As a trainer I can honestly say it's not difficult to get someone leaner and fitter without hurting them. If something hurts, you just don't do it! It's that simple. If technique breaks down, you stop the set? I don't get the problem.
If you want Camaraderie, go to Zumba or Body pump, or even better, go to any kind of traditional circuit training, which is all CF is - circuit training, with added insanity. "Camaraderie" can't justify it any more. Weight Watchers has great "Camaraderie". It's not new and it's not exclusive and it's not justification to do stupid stuff.