Why do so many “CrossFit” style trainers dislike runners?

Lloyd Clarke Sports

I have witnessed an interesting trend in fitness marketing that is a bit surprising and disturbing to me. There is a common message out there on blogs, marketing brochures and promotional material for gyms that uses a Marathoner vs Sprinter analogy to promote High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Let me share some examples and my comments. First, this one appeared at the gym where I work out:

The picture includes Usain Bolt and Constantino Leon. The picture includes Usain Bolt and Constantino Leon.

It juxtaposes a picture of Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter, with a picture of Constantino Leon, a Peruvian distance runner. The implied message is that if you want the body of Usain Bolt, which is very attractive, you should do their HIIT training, not run. Here’s the real irony. Mr. Leon has a Half Marathon PR of 1:03:53 and I will personally guarantee you 100% that he utilizes Interval training in his plan!!! Nobody runs a…

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