Inside the CrossFit craze: Are there hidden dangers?

Inside the CrossFit craze: Are there hidden dangers?

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

CrossFit, one of the country's most popular exercise trends, recently stirred up controversy in the workout world. Eric Robertson's Huffington Post article "CrossFit's Dirty Little Secret" has people thinking twice.

Robertson is an assistant professor of physical therapy. He said there are potentially deadly results from doing the workout. Good Day Chicago took a closer look at what goes into the routine at River North CrossFit, as the nation considers his claim.

Robertson wrote that Uncle Rhabdo, a cartoon commonly referenced in CrossFit literature who serves as a representational warning of a troubling trend among CrossFitters, is "CrossFit's unofficial and disturbing mascot."

It's a cartoon of an exhausted, yet well-muscled clown, connected to a dialysis machine standing next to some workout equipment. His kidney has fallen out and lies on the floor underneath him, along with some portion of his bowel.

Eric Robertson joined Good Day Chicago via Skype on Tuesday to explain why he wanted to write this article, whether he knew the title would create such a stir, why he thinks people are ignoring the possible problems with CrossFit, why he thinks it has struck such a chord in the exercise world and what he wants to say to people defending CrossFit.

River North CrossFit owner Katie Wercheck joined the conversation to explain whether she thought the article is fair, whether she takes any precautions doing the workout and whether she gives any warning to people signing up for the class.

Dr. Mona Khanna also joined the conversation to give her medical opinion on whether the exercise trend is dangerous, the frequency at which people should do this workout and what people should know before they try CrossFit.

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