Originally Posted by nvr2late
IMO - any program that will get the couch potato out and active has some merit. (crossfit, p90x, wii, other general fitness programs)
This is wrong in the context of getting a beginner to do a stupid program that provides no benefit except pain and possible injuries.
Being an overweight kid who got thrown into "crossfit" concepts of training, I despised working out. I was taught a very bad perspective of what "proper fitness" is. I used to think brutally killing one's body was the healthy way to do things. But what did I know, I was a kid.
When I started weight training in high school, I did so with the same mentally and over-trained myself. I eventually ended up injuring my shoulder. Not fun.
Most "couch potatoes" from my experience don't workout because they have the mindset that being in shape is about killing oneself in the gym. They look at exercise with a negative mentality.
From videos I've seen on crossfit (and my own experiences), there is a lot of injury potential and bad technique going on. For a beginner, this is NOT the right program to start with.