I found the article below re-posted on a strength training forum I read regularily. It is supposed to be Pavel's response when someone claimed his approach was close to Crossfit. I cannot vouch for its validity, as this was reposted to the forum by someone other than Pavel from Pavel's original post. I did not see Pavels's original post. However, I do cyber-trust the person that reposted it, so therefore I assume it to be an accurate repost.
I found it an interesting read and hope you enjoy........
Interesting. Thanks for the post. Not sure if anybody's "right," "wrong," or just that it's possible to skin the cat any number of ways.
Do you know what he means by:
"* SAFETY IS VIEWED AS A PART OF, NOT THE OPPOSITE OF,
Safe exercise is about distributing the load across
many muscle groups and joints rather than smoking the
weak links. E.g., by insisting on retracting the
shoulder during overhead lifts you pass the load from
the small and vulnerable shoulder to the large and
powerful torso. That means good-by to shoulder
injuries. It also means a greater pressing or
supporting strength. Keeping the shoulder down
literally improves the leverage of the press and makes
a great use of the skeletal structure when supporting
weights overhead. "
I haven't read Pavel's books (except SuperJoints), so not really sure what he's typing about here. Sounds like the active shoulder stuff that I've read about at CF.
I'm starting to believe that "We train and then test. We don't train by testing." is smarter for a lot of us. Constantly focusing on PRs is one of the mistakes I've made that's caused the most problems. Body just can't take that kind of beating.