My love/hate relationship with Crossfit. (Read the whole thing, it’s worth it, I promise)
My feelings for CrossFit have gone through phases. From hating it so much to where I wouldn’t even capitalize it’s name when writing, or acknowledge it as a “sport”. To, well, working at box and doing CrossFit.
I wrote a post on my blog a year ago about my “issues” with CrossFit. The lack of quality control, the lack of accountability, the lack of good trainers, etc. And then there’s Glassman. I mean I can’t say anything about this guy that hasn’t already been said in the CROSSFIT WHITE PAPERS (if you haven’t read it, read it right now).
Ultimately you have to look at CrossFit for what it is. While it is an exercise program, it is a business, first and foremost. Everything that goes into CrossFit has the sole purpose of making money. I’m not saying it doesn’t help people, but without a doubt the only reason CrossFit is around is because it makes money.
Let’s compare it to some other strength sports:
Weightlifting is a sport, not a business, there is no “owner” of Weightlifting. The same goes for Powerlifting, Strongman, etc. Look at Powerlifting, there are so many different federations I wouldn’t be surprised if none of them actually profit financially from what they do.
CrossFit created nothing. Other than arguably some useless movements (looking at you med ball clean and sumo deadlift high pull) all CrossFit did was take movements from other strength sports, and use them to create not only a sport, but a sport that doesn’t exist without the brand. And they protect that brand, but not for the purpose of quality in the brand, for the purpose of, can you guess? Yup. Money.
You must be certified, affiliated, for every sport CrossFit ripped off (Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Gymnastics, etc) they have a certification for, and all of those cost, once again, money. It’s actually the most amazing business plan ever. You take something that isn’t/can’t be copyrighted (a movement) and charge to teach people how to do it according to your “standards”. Then you throw in some hot half naked people doing these movements (weather or not they do/did your sport is irrelevant), and there you go, you have money, fame, and a brand.
Now the above might seem like a knock on CrossFit, and to be honest, some of it is. But let’s get to the good in CrossFit.
We can all sit back and throw stones at the lack of progressive programming in most boxes, some (read most) WODs seem like they were pulled out of a randomizer. But the fact is your average person goes into CrossFit with no athletic background and comes out not only healthier and fitter, but with actual translatable athletic skills.
High rep olympic lifts debate aside, just the fact that CrossFit has introduced so many people to the sport of Weightlifting is mind boggling. Not only that but CrossFit has become somewhat of a feeder program to Weightlifting and other strength sports, and vice versa. Athletes who were mainly involved in only one strength sport can now seemingly be able to pick and choose other sports thanks to the skills gained from CrossFit.
The communities in CrossFit are also amazing. We all know stereotypical CrossFit bro in his snap back and board shorts whose a huge douchebag and only wants an excuse to show off his abs, but the truth is, those guys are few and far between at most boxes. The community and support system most CrossFit gyms have should be the envy of every gym on this planet. Not only have I never seen so many people cheering for their fellow box-mate to finish a WOD or push harder, I’ve never seen so many people who don’t know each other outside of a gym care about each other so much. Boxes don’t just create acquaintances, they create friendships, and relationships, and even marriages. Personally I feel like CrossFit is missing out on a whole different market by not promoting their match making abilities.
In conclusion, CrossFit isn’t for everyone. I used to think it wasn’t for me, then I thought it was, and now I’m really not sure.
But if I could give one piece of advice to anyone who was on the fence it would be to try it. Form your own opinion, and progress from there.
Solid, well-reasoned, clearly stated, and accurate. Excellent post.
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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses…. What’s yours?
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses…. What’s yours?
Here’s mine: I’m not as lean as I could be because I don’t WANT to do the things I’d have to do to get there.
No other reason. That’s my truth and it feels amazing to me.
Don’t get me wrong: I’d be fine with a leaner bod. I have the time, the expertise & know how and ALL the tools I’d need. And even on the genetics front, I could do it - with effort. I’m one of “those” people, lol. I even have the nutty, fit freakin’ passion for it that not everyone has. In fact, the only thing keeping me from having a leaner body is the desire to commit to the lifestyle I’d need to work towards one.
I JUST DON’T WANNA BE THAT DILIGENT. Don’t wanna.
Been there. Done that. Moved on. To me, the additional sacrifices and monitoring aren’t worth it. That’s personal, based on my own history, priorities and my own preferences.
I don’t want to count every calorie. That sucked. I don’t want to weigh myself everyday. That sucked. I don’t want to feel as though my success as a person depends on my ability to maintain my weight or body fat percentage. THAT SUCKED! One of the greatest joys IN MY LIFE when it comes to my fitness has been feeling like it’s a perk and not an obligation. I value my feelings, my moods and my excuses, because they are all feedback. I don’t bully myself for them, but work with them. Every excuse I have is a valid one, at least in the sense of I validate the feeling. It’s feedback, a starting point and a place from which I can evaluate my options and make a call.
It’s not because I’m lazy, not dedicated or because I am delusional. I work hard yo. I’m bad ass. I listen to my body. I know what it would take for me to get to a leaner, fitness model bod. I looked at my history and decided I didn’t want to live like that anymore. I decided I have other priorities that take precedence. I’ve made a very informed and calculated choice to live my life the way I like, which includes burpees, spinach, wine, chocolate, flexibility and sometimes gaining/losing a little weight.
And the moment I made peace with this, everything changed on a fundamental level. There was no more beating myself up. I actually got stronger. It was easier to eat healthy most of the time (nothing to rebel against and no sense of deprivation LITERALLY equaled more veggies and cleaner choices). I learned to listen to the feedback my body was giving me.
So what do I think of my “I don’t wanna” excuse? Valid. Totally. I’ll defend her to the end. Healthier, happier me.
There is not enough room in all of Tumblr to contain my levels of agreement with every single thing about this. WELL worth the read!
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