Is CrossFit dangerous? Just ask Kevin Ogar
Since its foundation in 2000, CrossFit’s popularity has exploded in the U.S. with thousands of privately owned gyms dedicated just for this hard-core fitness program. Every year, CrossFit Inc. holds CrossFit Games where a winner can walk away with as much as $275,000 and land lucrative sponsorship deals. This is what happened to Kevin Ogar while trying to perform a WOD at the 2014 OC Throwdown fitness competition in California.
So what happened to Kevin Ogar?
Kevin Ogar is a Denver CrossFit coach and was an athlete during the competition. In the video, Kevin was trying to perform the competition’s WOD 4 called ‘Touch and Go Snatch’ when the bar fell, bounced and struck him in the back.
Although Kevin is experienced at weight lifting, he was unable to get out of way in time when the bar fell. The accident severed his spinal cord and damaged his T11 and T12 vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the waist below.
The worst thing is, Kevin is not insured and there’s no way he could cover his mounting medical bills on his own. The global CrossFit community has been raising money already to help in Kevin’s medical treatment and rehabilitation. As of now, there are 4,428 people that have donated a total of ~$330,000 on Fundly.com (https://fundly.com/kevin-ogar-s-recovery?ft_src=widget_campaign_card) and at the KevinOgar http://kevinogar.com/ site.
Although the event was not organized nor sanctioned by CrossFit Inc. according to Women’sHealth http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/crossfit-problems, whether it’s CrossFit or general weight lifting, everyone should use caution and make sure they are exercising in the safest way possible.
A safer alternative
People commonly ask us why do you use fitness machines when you can run outside, use free weights, or use one of the TV or fad exercise programs on the market. The reason I only lift using machines is because it forces me to use correct form and provides safety. The reason I use cardio machines is because there are redundant safety features built in and the environment is controlled. If there is a malfunction, there are safety systems in place to minimize injury.
Seeking to be fit in the shortest way possible is a misconception
Becoming fit requires resolve, time, and perseverance. You can’t just say that you want to lose weight in three months or develop a perfectly fit body in short order. While most have maintained an exercise regimen on treadmills and ellipticals and weight lifting machines, there are many that turned to high intensity programs like CrossFit and some people suffer the consequences. Keeping this in mind, we urge you to support Kevin Ogar and Treadmill Doctor has made a donation to help Kevin in his battle. Please do the same.