Man severs spine in Crossfit competition


CrossFit Unbroken in Englewood is a community putting their name to the test after one of its own coaches was severely injured in a California competition last Sunday.

Kevin Ogar was performing a powerlift when his spine was severed and he lost the use of his legs.

Ogar doesn’t have insurance, so a fund was set up.

There is now a big movement to help Ogar with his medical bills. When clicking on the fundraising page set up for Ogar the amount of money raised for him is rapidly heading towards the $200,000 goal.

“It was just kind of a freak accident,” CrossFitter Christian Lucero said. “Mostly with social media its spread so fast that everybody seems to know about it and be willing to help."

Ogar has been through two surgeries in California and has a long road to recovery in front of him.

A number of voices across the fitness community have criticized CrossFit generally, and the competition in particular.

From: Wiggy
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From what I've seen/heard others say, those that have a great deal of experience in legit O-lifting (not Xfit) have said this type of thing has never happened before.

As I understand it, the event he was doing was building to a 3RM (most you can do for 3 reps) in "touch-and-go" fashion - meaning he had to lower the weight for each rep, touch the floor, and keep going.

i.e. - he wasn't allowed to drop the weight from the top of the movement

Anyone that knows O-lifting knows that if he's doing full Snatches (which I believe he was), knows just how stupid of an idea this is.

At the same time, this event was done near or at the end of a 2-day, Xfit Games type of event. They'd already done something ilke 7-8 uber-intense Xfit- workouts in less than 48 hours prior to this event.

So now you've got a guy doing one of the most technical movements in all of strength & conditioning, in a way it should never have been done, near the limit, after roughly 2 days of severely exhausting activity and the body was under extreme fatigue.

Smart move, Xfit. Bunch of fucks.

Oh, and I wonder if "Coach" Glassman is still holding onto his macho, tough-guy wanna be rhetoric:
"It can kill you," he said. "I've always been completely honest about that."

ut for Mr. Glassman, dismissals of his extreme workouts merely help him weed out people he considers weak-willed. "If you find the notion of falling off the rings and breaking your neck so foreign to you, then we don't want you in our ranks," he said.

Well, "Coach", it didn't kill Ogar, but possibly has left him paralyzed from the waist down.

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1/17/14 1:50 PM by GodSaveTheReem


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1/17/14 1:38 PM by tf1

I agree with you that the cult attitude is lame. Maybe I don't get caught up in the CF craziness because BJJ is my main thing and I use CF as a conditioning supplement. It just seems like it's the cool thing to bash on CF now. It's not all bad. People can take anything too far an get hurt. I see it all the time in BJJ.

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1/17/14 11:03 AM by hmeboy

I was just about to ask about this lol thanks for clearing that up

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1/17/14 9:58 AM by bigbenpie

Haha who the fuck see's them as some Spartans? Hahahahaha

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1/17/14 9:57 AM by bigbenpie

Is there more than a 5 second video? Couldn't find one on YouTube

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1/17/14 9:48 AM by GSP24

This is why I don't crossfit.

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1/17/14 9:42 AM by Elhoffo

This is crazy

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1/17/14 9:17 AM by TampabayMMA

In the original video he doesnt jump all the way under the bar, he tries to stand up from a halfsquat. Maybe, if he squatted under it, its just a missed lift instead of a severed spine. I say maybe because its impossible to know, but theres a reason correct form is called correct.

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1/17/14 9:16 AM by Scb669

"Plus he's a big redheaded guy"Wtf does that have to do with anything? Gingers unite?

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1/17/14 9:16 AM by HULC

Also i found this pic which is an interesting insight into how crossfitters view themselves. Apparently they think other people see them as warriors or bloody-handed hard working types. I think most people see them as exercise bores in the same way they view any group that defines itself by a sport they play.