Sam Briggs Reacts to Jillian Michaels’ Comments

Sam Briggs at the 2018 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
Sam Briggs at the 2018 CrossFit Games. Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

Last week Jillian Michaels made news in the CrossFit world during an interview with Shape Magazine. In the interview, Michaels shared that she is not a fan of CrossFit, especially when it comes to kipping pull-ups.

Michaels would continue, “I have a few issues with CrossFit, which is not a secret. 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. 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.”

Former CrossFit Games champion Sam Briggs reacted to Michaels’ comments on her own Instagram account this past weekend. In Briggs’ post, the 2019 Dubai CrossFit Championship winner referenced the 10 domains of fitness that CrossFit practices.

Briggs begins by saying, “I saw the recent interview by @jillianmichaels and @shape … I thought that maybe some others out there didn’t fully understand what we do in @crossfit … so here’s an attempt to shed some light into what we actually do:”

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I saw the recent interview by @jillianmichaels and @shape … I thought that maybe some others out there didn’t fully understand what we do in @crossfit … so here’s an attempt to shed some light into what we actually do: • Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance: Sustained bouts of effort ranging from 5km runs to marathon rows • Stamina: The aim of most CrossFit workouts is to develops the ability to perform gymnastic and barbell movements efficiently for high number of repetitions • Strength: In addition to barbell movements being used regularly to build strength there will be a focus on strict body weight elements • Flexibility: Warm ups are utilized to prep and prime the body to be able to attain the correct range of motion • Power: Plyometrics are incorporated into training along side Olympic lifting which is key to developing power • Speed: As well as sprint sessions for running/rowing/swimming etc we use EMOMs and interval training • Coordination: Any time you’re learning a new skill it takes a lot of coordination to master it. The more complex the movement the more coordination needed • Agility: Agility is the ability to be quick and graceful. The more proficient we become at the fundamental movements the more effortless and agile they seem • Balance: Single leg movements and the main lifts help to develop a strong core and stabilizers which help us balance. Along side this we learn gymnastic skills and balance upside down whilst HS walking up and over obstacles • Accuracy: In CrossFit we use traditional target type training for example throwing objects, jumping and landing on boxes, or traversing obstacles. But also, the lifts and gymnastics requires a high amount of accuracy of timing to execute the movement correctly #fitness #10domains #crossfit #crossfitgames

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And in case you missed it, Jacob Heppner won the Internet with his response to Jillian Michaels’ opinions of CrossFit.