Is CrossFit killing you?

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OKLAHOMA CITY - CrossFit critics say coaches are pushing athletes too far.

There are about two dozen CrossFit gyms in the Oklahoma City metro area.

This particular flavor of personal training capitalizes on competition and team-building to encourage members to get in the gym and stay in the gym.

CrossFit coaches specialize in workout programs for the athletic elite.

This workout regimen is so popular, CrossFit gyms have popped up all over the nation.

As CrossFit membership has grown, so has the number of athletes who have been seriously injured during their workout.

The unconventional exercises which are the hallmark of CrossFit are the same intense moves that are sending some athletes into surgery to mend bruised and broken bodies.

  • Labral tears
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder strains
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ligament ruptures

Orthopedic surgeons around Oklahoma are seeing an increase in the number of patients who need surgery because of CrossFit training.

Thursday night on NewsChannel 4 at 10 p.m., Ali Meyer takes a closer look at the CrossFit craze:

  • Athletes who have been injured in CrossFit
  • One surgeon's advice for CrossFit athletes
  • CrossFit coaches who address safety concerns and training
  • CrossFit athletes who continue to work-out daily despite injury

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