I Don’t Care If You Don’t CrossFit

I’m supposed to be writing a post about my Murph experience.  That will just have to wait.  I’m fired up right now.  I’ve seen that “Why I Don’t Do CrossFit” article shared one too many times.  I’ve seen one too many haters on social media bashing my passion when I know damn well they have never dropped a bead of sweat inside a CrossFit box.  When I had to engineer piping system designs in the past, I placed relief valves in the system to open and vent when the system pressure got too high.  This is my relief valve.  

Hey, you, come a little closer.  A little more.  Yeah that’s good.  I want to tell you something important, something you need to know.  Here it is…

I don’t care if you don’t CrossFit.

Did you get that?  Let me say it again.

I DON’T CARE IF YOU DON’T CROSSFIT.

I do not care if CrossFit is not for you.  That’s awesome.  Do you have another form of fitness you love?  I’m legitimately happy for you!  Like running marathons?  Sweet.  Is that for me?  Nope.  Am I going to bash you for it?  Nope.  Am I going to create a social media account dedicated to spewing venomous hate towards your 26.2 miles?  Nope.  In fact, here let me help all those haters out right here.

You can get hurt doing CrossFit!

Yes you can!  You can get hurt pretty bad!  You can mess yourself up doing a weight that is too heavy for you.  Loaded barbells dropping throughout the box can be a hazard if you aren’t careful.  Try doing high repetitions of kipping pull-ups without the prerequisite strength to do a strict pull-up can damage your rotator cuffs big time.

I guess we should stick to doing “normal” stuff like running (shin splints, rolled ankles, cracked heel bones, serious dehydration, poisonous snakebite as you’re running) or low intensity globo gym work like bench presses.  No one ever gets hurt doing a bench press, right?  Ever heard of Stafon Johnson?  If the name sounds familiar, he’s the USC running back that was seriously injured doing a bench press.

Johnson was performing a “bench press” lift with what doctors were told was 275 pounds when the bar apparently slipped from his hand and landed on his throat. USC officials said an assistant strength and conditioning coach was working with Johnson as a “spotter” when the accident happened, but he was unable to stop the bar from injuring the player.

Gosh.  Hey Erin Simmons, I sure hope they don’t do bench presses at Florida State.  I hope that, in the 5 years you were at Florida State University working out with a 3 time back-to-back national championship team, never once were you asked to do a bench press by one of your strength coaches.

People, you can get hurt doing any form of physical activity.  You sign a waiver with ANY training you do, be it a sporting event or signing up for a gym membership.  There are risks inherent with any type of training.  That’s why trainers and coaches get paid!  Which reminds me…

There are bad CrossFit coaches out there!

Holy hell, no way!  You mean there could be one bad egg out of a whole chicken coop?  Wow.  Let’s go on a CrossFit witch hunt!  I mean CrossFit coaching has to be the only profession with bad apples, right?  Surely there are no dishonest accountants (Enron), no football players that commit murder allegedly commit murder, no greasy slime ball attorneys that get child molesters off scot-free, no trainers that would allow an athlete to ever push past the point of exhaustion into a potentially compromising condition or allow an athlete to use bad form… surely there are ZERO bicep curls done when a dude arches his back to complete a rep, surely that NEVER happens.

Yes, there are some poor CrossFit coaches.  It’s true.  But before you cast the first stone, remember there are poor coaches in every profession.  It’s important that any athlete in any sport be educated enough to be able to tell if a coach is full of shit or not.  Is your coach on his phone while you workout instead of watching you?  Ok, chances are he is a lousy coach.  Use common sense people.  If you want to meet quintessential good CrossFit coaches, come to my box CrossFit 865.

Can you “get certified in a weekend?”  Well, the course itself lasts a weekend.  But you have to study beforehand.  You have to have a working knowledge of exercise and kinesiology and motivational techniques.  You can’t go from nothing to certified proficient in a weekend.  The fact that Erin or anyone else would state this is preposterous.  The exam to become a Professional Engineer is only 8 hours long.  That’s shorter than the weekend of CrossFit certification.  OMG!  CrossFit coaches are trained more than engineers!  Quick, tell everyone you know to never cross a bridge again, they are dangerous!  All bridges are dangerous!!

CrossFit pull-ups look like a fish out of water!

First of all, they are called kipping or butterfly pull-ups.  CrossFitters do strict pull-ups as well.  And yes, they look a little funny at times.  You know what else looks funny?  Jim Furyk’s golf swing.  But man that golf swing sure does work!  I find driving a race car in a circle 500 times a little odd.  Running for 26 miles straight is questionable behavior in my opinion.  So remember, something that looks funny is only that way from your perspective.  I can’t run a marathon and I don’t want to, but I am in awe of each and every person that can.  If you want to hate CrossFit because of high rep pull-ups, then that’s your prerogative.  Just keep your mouth shut because all people hear is your ignorance when you open it.

You’ll lose gains if you CrossFit!

Um… what?  Ok, maybe?  I guess if you truly believe that you need a separate “arm day” then perhaps you will lose a little bit of muscle mass by adding in the CrossFit metcon cardio to your bulking regimen.  Sure, if your sole purpose is to get big for the sake of being big, then maybe you will lose gains.  Personally, I prefer muscle that is a little more functional and I like the ability to be mobile enough to put my arms straight down by my side.  That’s my choice.  I don’t call you out for your 5 different tricep exercises in what I believe is rather silly.  And also, I’m the most muscular I’ve ever been in my life, and it is 110% thanks to CrossFit.

CrossFit is a cult!

You’re damn right it is!  Look up the definition of cult.  CrossFitters DO care about what they do a lot.  We ARE very dedicated to our passion.  If that’s wrong, then I don’t want to be right!  I LOVE my CrossFit family.  There is no more supportive, more highly motivated group of people that I’ve ever met.  Go to a college football game and see all the ugliness from opposing fans.  Curses, derogatory names, threats of physical violence, all are very present.  Go to a CrossFit competition and watch everyone cheer for each other. It’s that simple.  CrossFit is love people.  If you want to hate on love, I guess you’ve told me everything I need to know about you.

CrossFitters never shut up about CrossFit!

We don’t really.  When I hang out with my fellow box mates, we generally talk about CrossFit, WODs from the past week, news regarding popular CrossFit athletes, paleo food, and health in general.  We love it.  Parents with children, you post photos of your kids on Facebook and Instagram, right?  You love them.  You could talk about them all day right?  (some of you do!)  Just because I sometimes get tired of seeing and hearing about your kids doesn’t mean I hate you or them!!  It’s natural for someone to share their passion and what they love!  I’m sure it does get annoying to see all my CrossFit status updates, and if it bothers you, guess what… you can filter me out or unfriend/unfollow/whatever!  It’s that easy!  You don’t have to hate!

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Look, I don’t care if you don’t CrossFit.  I don’t want to only do CrossFit.  I want to golf and swim and hike and yes sometimes run.  We aren’t meant to sit around in a chair or on the couch all day.  Physical fitness is so directly related to life longevity and overall health that you can’t possibly make a case that it isn’t.  I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I don’t care if you don’t CrossFit.  I’m happy for whatever fitness you find.  I hope you love whatever fitness you find.  Going to the gym shouldn’t be a chore.  Going for a walk/run shouldn’t require a sigh and a huff and puff to get dressed and do it.  Humans were born being fit.  Our primal nature craves to sweat.

I Don't Care If You Don't CrossFit

Let’s be clear about one thing.  There is no reason to hate another form of fitness.  There just isn’t.  There’s also no reason to publish articles or support articles by sharing them when the author clearly a) is not an expert on the subject, b) has an agenda they are pushing, c) states “facts” that are clearly not true or are simply the author’s opinion.  You can share the same beliefs as the author, just try not to perpetuate hatred and misinformation.

I hope everyone is happy being active in a way that they love.  I love CrossFit.  I truly hope you will respect that, as I respect whatever you do.  If you have questions about fitness activities, ask someone truly knowledgable instead of relying on someone that is “trying to get into fitness modeling”.

/pressure relieved

Your Turn:  What physical activity do you love?  Have you ever been persecuted for following a certain sport?

Comments

  1. says

    Yup. :)

    I seriously felt like a broken record yesterday..

    Started before this article even came out. A friend posted a video on FB of his snatch PR. ONE REP snatch PR. Not a WOD; nothing crazy. Just a snatch. And then the comments rolled in underneath about how he’s going to injure himself doing CF,etc. Um.. this wasn’t even Crossfit, but whatever.

    Then yesterday morning I get a text from a Twitter friend; similar situation – he posted something on FB about Crossfit and all that hate rolled in.

    Then Shelby had a debate going on FB, too, underneath that ignorant article.. followed by my sister sending me the article and later calling me to hear my thoughts on it.

    But we as crossfitters are “brainwashed”, you know (wtf), and even though I feel like I have to defend the sport, I’m still going to put 110% into it. I love Crossfit and understand there are risks, but like you said- there are in any sport.

    Nice post, totally agree, and happy lifting! :)
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    • sue says

      I am so glad this article came out. I saw the “I hate Cross Fit” or why I don’t do cross fit, post yesterday. It was posted by one of my old trainers at the global gym. This trainer was OK, I liked him well enough but he is very OCD and opinionated. I paid a lot of money for his training and while training with him I discovered cross fit. I got so much more from the workouts at cross fit and I left the other trainer. It made me crazy when he posted the article. I agree with this article, yes cross fit is sort of like a cult, but not really because when something starts to get cultish I leave or back away. It is a community of supportive athletes. It is awesome to be the last person to finish the workout because the first to finish cheer you on and they don’t say faster faster, they say finish the set, you can do it.

        • Sean O Grady says

          That’s ONE of the things that I love about Crossfit. I have been doing Crossfit for just over 2 years now. Last year in January I was admitted to hospital for a triple bypass. This spring I did my first full Murph. I was the last to finish. It took me 72 minutes, but I finished it. Both my coaches were with me to the end and ran the last mile with me, cheering me on, encouraging me to keep going, to finish. I was so grateful. I was exhausted and exhilarated!

          • says

            That’s so awesome! Scary to be admitted to the hospital for that I’m sure, but look at you coming back and doing a workout for over an hour! That happened at my box too, people that had finished helping others finish as well, running the last bit with them or cheering them through push-ups. Good for you.

    • says

      I understand that social media thrives on the wildfire approach to “controversial” posts. My intent was NOT to do that here, I just needed to vent… and look what happened! Haha. There are always going to be risks. I would rather risk myself in my box rather than risk dying of health problems later from not being active.

      • Stanley Churchill says

        “I would rather risk myself in my box rather than risk dying of health problems later from not being active.”

        Man, that about says it all…………no matter what your physical activity may be. Whether it’s crossfit, pilates or physical labor………..get out and get with it.

    • Mike S says

      I take this article with a grain of salt. Because the author makes a ton of conclusory assertions without any evidence to support her position. Having said that she does make some very salient points. I did CF for nearly two years. In that time I had never in my life seen so many active healthy in shape people complain about the injuries they have. All the injuries have one thing in common. They are all from over use. I think the biggest mistake CF’ers make (my self included) is that they don’t spend enough time doing nothing. CF preaches active recovery but your body needs days off and when I say that I mean…don’t do anything work out related. Sit on the couuch and watch TV or read a book. I know lots of you on this issue are going to tear into me for having said that but that is the CF mentality. It is easy to point to an example of a USC guy who dropped a bar on his neck at the gym or a runner with shin splints but the # of injuries in the CF community is astonishing. Addiionally the gains made at CF in the first 6 months are not unlike anyone else who dpent their life doing nothing and then joined a gym changed their diet and lived a more healthy and active lifestyle. That is not CF, that is science and people have been doing that long before CF existed.

      • says

        It’s true, I really hate forcing myself to take rest days sometime! Especially if I find out the WOD has a bunch of movements I really enjoy. I usually at least devote some time to mobility, which is recovery in itself.

        • Mike S says

          For sure Chris…so many times when I took a day off and then I saw the WOD I wanted to get right down to the box and do it. It is a healthy mentality to want to work out all the time but listening to your body is good theray.

    • K York says

      I started CF when there was no box, just Greg Glassman using someone else’s space to share the knowledge. Skepticism was no stranger even back then. Now halfway into my sixth decade I’ve returned to CF after a long absence. Hard? Oh yes! But every WOD, every lift, every little ache I do now recalls something Greg said at the first session. He wanted me to be able to get myself out of my chair, to be capable of carrying my groceries in from the car and put them up on the shelves when I was 70. That number is a lot closer now then and I’m capable of so much more now. It’s a big world. People will say and do what they want. All that matters is what I say and what I do. And I DO Crossfit.

  2. BRett says

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for writing this! I’ve defended CrossFit and will continue to until I’m blue in the face! In 6 months of CrossFit I went from a mediocre athlete to one that is performing at levels I never dreamed possible. I’m healthier and in better shape now than I was when I was 18, and I’m 27! Like I keep telling people, there’s risk in walking down the street every day. Without some form of risk gains of any kind are impossible. Keep up the good work!

  3. says

    PREACH!! I want everyone to read this post. It is so well written and hits every big point. As a competitive swimmer I had COUNTLESS shoulder injuries…. yet that’s a ‘safe’ sport. yet here I am a year into crossfit completely uninjured.
    People need to mind their own business! Like you said, if they’re staying fit, it doesn’t matter what the means to the end are.
    I am sharing this everywhere :)

    • says

      Thanks Karla! I swam all through high school and did water polo in college for a bit. I of course never swam and my body (shoulders especially) is all kinds of tight and immobile. I didn’t get injured per se, but I am feeling the effects still.

      • Sean O Grady says

        Before I started Crossfit my fitness was running. I ran races every weekend and when I wasn’t racing, I was still running. I twisted my ankles countless times. My feet hurt, my knees hurt, my hips hurt. The injuries I’ve been through with Crossfit are nothing. Most of my pains are from my older body (almost 62). I’m stronger, more healthy and more trim than I ever was as a runner. I love Crossfit.

  4. cheryl ann says

    I have loved running for over 40 years, cycling for over 35 and triathlon for 32. I love the gym and weight training. I started mountain biking in my 50s. I love it more than road biking now. I began swimming from Alcatraz 10 years ago and am doing my 8th crossing next weekend. I started doing all this stuff in the 70s and 80s. I do what I love, don’t blog about it and just do what I love. No one else has to know, nor do I care that they do. I do it for me. And only me, and it’s a small part of not who I am but what I like to do for fun. I have a career and family and a house that I spend time with and on. My working out is about 7% of my whole life. Then end.

  5. Chelle says

    I’ve never been someone athletic and have always hated and avoided all forms of physical fitness…then I was talked into trying crossfit. I thought my friends were nuts cause why would anyone enjoy putting themselves through that. Lol… my first day was nothing but squats. I couldn’t walk for a week, but after one sip of the crossfit koolaid I’m hooked! And I love it!!!

  6. Felice says

    I love crossfit. At 49yrs old I feel stronger than ever before and have better endurance than most. What I love mostly about crossfit is the fact that no matter what “box” you go into, you never ever have dumb asses trying to add more weight like a regular gym just to show you up. Coaches and crossfitters are a tight nit family that will always encourage you no matter what. Try and get that from a regular gym.

  7. Kara Wilson says

    After being tagged in many reposts of that damn article yesterday. I am firing back by tagging those people with your article :) I am a morbidly obese 38 year-old woman who use to run but got burned out. I bought a Groupon back in January for one month of CrossFit. Four months later (still obese, because I am 5’2″ and constantly hungry…) I have doubled every single one of my max weight reps, shaved several minutes off the “Girls”, can string together 4 double unders, do a 20 inch-box jump, and complete several WODs at RX. I cried the first time I did a RX workout because for the first time in my life I felt strong and powerful. Running (though I still enjoy it and do it in an effort to burn off some fat) never provided me that joy. The community and support from my fellow box mates is why I keep going back for more. My planter fascitis and shin splints have not flared up as much as they do when I run. Most importantly though, I ENJOY it. I look forward to seeing the WOD on our box’s Facebook page. I will do this as long as I can :)

    • Stephanie says

      this comment did get me choked up. I actually cried. Another reason why I love crossfit so much.

    • Jay says

      This is great Kara, good for you! I’ve also come a very long way on my Crossfit journey, and I think it’s those of us who start out the least fit who wind up getting the most out of it in the long run. And if we didn’t enjoy the activity so much, we wouldn’t stick with it!

    • says

      Kara! AWESOME! Keep it up! I agree about the community bringing you back and making all the difference! We are so lucky! Thank you Chris! Great response!

    • Andrea Nisler says

      So awesome! I wish the general public could hear about these CrossFit success stories. Its not just about the elite who walk into the gym and destroy all workouts. Many CrossFitters are just looking to achieve overall health and improve life. Good job!

    • says

      That is AMAZING, Kara! What an inspiring story!
      I started running for the first time in my life because of my husband and CrossFit. It totally changed my fitness. We both do yoga and just solo runs on occasion to supplement but I feel stronger than I ever have because of CrossFit.

  8. Hugo says

    As a criminal defense attorney and a crossfitter, I find your generalization of my profession as irresponsible and judgemental as those persons you’re railing against. Defending a person accused of a crime, whether it be a traffic ticket or a capital murder is a privilege just as much as going into your box and doing Murph in honor of a fallen soldier.

    • says

      Hugo I believe you missed my point. I was giving examples of how a few people in any profession/walk of life can cast a bad shadow for the rest. I could have used pharmacists that steal their own pills because they are addicted to them (my father-in-law and best friend are both pharmacists) or how bad cops take bribes to keep certain criminals on the street (my next door neighbor is a cop). There was a time when I wanted to be a defense attorney and did my high school career research paper on your profession.

  9. John says

    Not here to bash your opinion, but there is a better way to argue the positives of CrossFit than introducing a red herring in each example. Cherry picking 1 bench press injury, mocking a circular track race, or any of the other examples do not boost your position when they are not related in the least.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

    • says

      I agree with you. I believe almost every one of my posts has a positive argument for the positives of CF. I’m merely pointing out the (I would think obvious) ways any athletic endeavor can be dangerous or just because someone has a different opinion on something than you do, it doesn’t make it wrong or hate-worthy. CrossFit was CREATED because Glassman had a different opinion on how to train! It is fantastic and necessary to have differing OPINIONS.

  10. says

    Totally on your side here but I think comparing the PE exam and the level 1 cert is a huge stretch. I have taken and passed both and would easily signup,pay, and take the level 1 cert 1000 more times before i would volunteer to take the PE exam again.

  11. says

    Whoo Hoo! Preach. Why is the article getting so much play I have NO idea. There so many great responses being written. I guess everyone needs their 5 minutes of fame.

    I’m all about moving! No matter what your love is just keep moving toward a healthier you. I don’t down play any style of fitness. Hey I started in water aerobics after baby number 3 and moved on from there. I’ve been doing Crossfit for going on 4 years now. I love everything that you wrote. It’s true and it’s not for everyone. I’m okay with that, why can’t everyone else be?
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  12. says

    Yup. Perfect, thank you Sir. As an engineer myself I’ve also thought of the weekend cert vs FE/PE test thing as well. lol.

    • Engine says

      Ridiculous statement about engineers needing 1x8hr exam to gain their professional certification, you completely ignored the entire undergraduate degree they undertook to get there in the first place. At least 4 years of study with countless exams and assignments, followed by experience gained in the workforce.

      Apart from that, I agree with your article, people should just let other people do what they wish to do to keep fit, it’s better than doing nothing at all, which is more dangerous than all these things combined.

      • says

        You missed the joke I’m afraid. I am an engineer. I studied for four years with countless exams and assignments. I have many years of experience in the workforce. Good trainers have studied and mastered their discipline as well. Like you pointed out, my point is there is a lot more to a profession than a final test at the end.

      • Stephanie says

        That was exactly his point. That the 8 hour exam is after a degree and much hard work and preparation. He was pointing out that just because the cert is obtained in a weekend does not mean that there isn’t more background and preparation involved prior to that weekend.

        • Susan says

          Awesome article! I love Crossfit too. Been doing it for 4 years. My Crossfit gym peeps are some of the greatest people in the world. Thank you for posting this. I too was growing weary of all the Crossfit haters posting lately.

        • Amanda says

          The first 8 hour exam is just to become an “engineer in training.” If passed, you then study under a professional engineer for years before taking yet another exam to become a PE. There’s a large difference between passing the FE exam and becoming a PE.

          On a better note: Hooray for doing something you love! I’m all for doing whatever makes you happy and healthy.

          • says

            Yes, I know. Once again, I am an engineer. I have taken and passed the EIT. I have studied under PEs for 6.5 years. I am eligible to take the PE if I so choose. I was making an outlandish retort to the outlandish comment that someone can be proficient and knowledgable enough to coach CrossFit after a single weekend course. Thanks for the comment though!

  13. says

    Great article….. you put it into perspective for others, and it was a very entertaining read. Thank you :)

    P.S. I CrossFit
    P.S 1 I love CrossFit
    P.S 2 Yes, I only talk about CrossFit, and Paleo, and Wodding LOL

  14. says

    Well Said! Thank you! Thank you! This has to be the best post I have ever seen in retaliation to all the crap out there. You captured everything!

  15. Dan says

    I am an ACE certify trainer and the weekend of certification of cross fit, teaches much more technique that the certification(usually online) to be a personal trainer, at least of the basic 9 fundamental movements.

  16. Stephanie says

    This is not only funny, but well said. I agree with all points made except I do think having your level 1 cert doesn’t necessarily mean you know “how” to train people. (I am a level 1 holder myself).

    I was in the midst of writing a comment on someone’s post that shared the article the Erin wrote when I came across this article. Your article is just written so much better that I have stopped writing my little rebuttal, but I still wanted to share it somewhere. Again, well said, well thought out, and great sense of humor to boot!

    “The person who wrote this article is just a normal person like you and me and crossfitters, zumbaers, p90xers and whatever other programs you can think of. She has no education on the subject of fitness other than her time as a college track athlete. In fact, in college she was a marine biologist major and since she has graduated she has become a fitness model. Her opinion is based solely on personal experience and not once refers to any scientific study or reference. While she does make some very good points about some of the downfalls of crossfit (like you can become a coach in a week without necessarily having the proper background), she also makes points like doing high reps of exercises are “not healthy” and “not good” because over her years of being on a championship track team “Never once did they [coaches] tell me to do as many [reps] as I possibly could.” Being in the best possible shape to run the fastest or the farthest requires very specialized training that most likely would not include rep schemes and intensity levels like those of crossfit WODs. It is unlikely that the best track coaches in the world would have their athletes train in any way other than what would make them the best at their sport.”

  17. says

    Good response. My favorite line was “All bridges are dangerous”. My response is below. I posted it to her blog and it is “awaiting moderation”.

    Ms. Simmons- Many of your above contentions have merit: CF Certifications are too easy to get. There is bad coaching. There are movement that have a high learning curve, a high risk to reward ratio, and are often performed incorrectly. And I’m sorry for your unpleasant experiences.

    Your last paragraph I would disagree with. There is no broader brush than the phrase “there are no exceptions”, and in assessing the application of CrossFit, the more one generalizes, the less accurate one is. In my case, I run a small affiliate with a membership that tends towards older, likely because I am older myself. We certainly do our share of metcons (the high rep lifting that you specifically object to) but members are encouraged to prioritize their ability to come back the next day (frequency) ahead of squeezing every last ounce out of their efforts (intensity). This approach has served to keep our injuries down, although by no means are we injury free. That said, my years as an athlete and subsequently as a personal trainer were also not free of injury.

    I get the sense that you would like my approach more than you’d like most CrossFits, although still you’d object to a fair amount that we do. This likely stems from a bias that runs the length of your piece and begs the question of what’s the difference between “athletic” and “fit”? This is a question I’ve asked often enough and the best answer I can come up with is that athleticism has a little bit more to do with unconscious processes (balance, timing, accuracy) and fitness a little more to do with conscious applications (mental fortitude, “mapping” your efforts etc). Athletic is little more “nature” Fitness a little more “nurture” of course, with a great deal of overlap.

    You reference to national champion track athletes who “never” asked you to perform high rep lifting. This is no surprise to anyone versed in the goal of CrossFit which is to improve work capacity across all time frames and movement types. Paraphrased and dumbed down: to get better at doing things. What kind of things? ALL kinds of things. A generalist. A- at everything, acknowledging that to be such will make you A+ at nothing.

    Track athletes (aside from decathletes/Heptathletes) are the ultimate specialists. Their efforts would have very little to gain from being A- at anything other than their event. The CrossFit metcon prescription would be ill-suited to the specialist. The fact that said athletes are “national champions” does not bolster your argument, it bolsters mine. These are national champion specialists.

    CrossFit’s main demographic is far removed from world class specialists, and I would argue that the training of a FSU 110m Hurdler or a Tour de France winner or a Olympic medalist in the clean and jerk has much less practical transfer to the demands of the recreational athlete/soccer mom/health enthusiast than does a typical (well applied) CrossFit workout, which will, almost always draw from a greater number of fitness attributes than the specialists will.

    I am the first to say that CrossFit is not the only means to the end. there are many valid ways to get fit, healthy and more athletic. But your across the board dismissal of CrossFit and the generalizations and misunderstanding therein are flawed.

    Respectfully,
    Brock Wilson

    • Stephanie says

      Also very well written. This addresses the main point of Erin’s article that struck my nerve as well.

      “You reference to national champion track athletes who “never” asked you to perform high rep lifting. This is no surprise to anyone versed in the goal of CrossFit which is to improve work capacity across all time frames and movement types.”

    • says

      Your response is fantastic. YOURS is the response that should be shared all over. Very well written. Mine was more of a knee-jerk reaction after seeing that post shared for the umpteenth time. Total agree with you saying basically that of course a specialized athlete wouldn’t benefit nearly as much from CrossFit. That’s the point! We are trying to be fit across everything, she’s being fit in track and field only. Common sense to you and me… apparently not to others.

      Thank you for sharing your response, Brock. I hope people scroll down and read yours.

  18. Martin says

    Fun read because it’s true. Except the part about certification. The level 1 can be done without ANY previous credential of any kind, especially not kinesiology, personal training cert (or a civil engineer degree).

    I personally met a load of people that became level 1 certified on 1 weekend and $1000 and had almost no experience in crossfit or anything else physical for that matter. I talked with a gym owner that house certification in Canada all the time and he told me personally that almost all of his members get it done after less than a year in his gym. I highly doubt that they all are kinesiologist graduate

    • says

      Yes, you CAN get certified in a week and provided you were reasonably fit, really wouldn’t need any previous credentials. Hopefully if someone like that opened up a gym, potential clients would notice that jut because you are CERTIFIED to train, you aren’t necessarily TRAINED to train. Just be smart about it. If your gut is telling you something is off, then there is probably something off. Just like you can tell if your supervisor at work is really a good leader or not, use that same judgement with a fitness coach.

  19. Adam Alfero says

    Just an overall fantastic read.

    I agree with the points you have made. I, for one, do not care one bit if a person does Crossfit. I just cannot stand the constant bashing of it. I read article after article about the “horrors, cult-like behavior, and overall dangers” of Crossfit. There are inherent dangers in most challenging activities. I love plenty of activities outside of Crossfit, ie biking – road and mountain. I guess there are just no (serious) injuries associated with these other activities…

  20. Kristin says

    I personally don’t do CF, but I would never bash anyone who did. No one should ever be bashed for doing any type of physical activity. Yoga, Running, Zumba, Crossfit, Marathons, Weight Lifting, etc. What you enjoy doing, DO IT!

  21. marcus david says

    Thank you brother! I was fuming yesterday after I read that article and. ll the different opinions/assumptions people make.

    The one point Erin made that really blew my mind was her reference to what a WOD is and how they are max weight/ max reps etc. Not sure what wods she did but I can say there are quite a few I have done that I don’t even pick up a bar. Take Murph for example. No weight on that one. And then her comment at the very end that every crossfit box is the same. Sounds like a pretty bold statement there. To me it seems Erin likes to try something once or twice and is now an expert. So perhaps she should be a crossssfit trainer, since it is so easy right? And after her two attempts knows everything.

    Great words and you said everything that i went to bed wanting to say

  22. cyell says

    This is the best article I’ve read in a long time. I get dogged weekly for being a crossfitter. Yes I drank the kool aid…..I’m hooked and I joined the cult and it’s the happiest I’ve been in a year. Thank you!

  23. Deb Roby says

    I’m 62 with a titanium hip and repaired shoulder. I power lift. Lift heavy and slow and for r reps in the 1-5 range four days a week. Throw in a couple supplemental exercises, and leave. These may include a hang clean, assisted pull-ups, etc. many of the same moves as CF. But never for time or AMRAP. not good for this body.

    Go on to hike with the dogs, garden, whatever.

  24. Kendel Smith says

    Yes I get grief all the time! I lift weights regularly, I’m 5’6″ and somewhere around 125 lbs. I’m trying to build muscle and do things I’ve never done before. My husband FULLY SUPPORTS ME! But it is crazy the amount of people who have told me if a strong wind comes along it will blow me away! I’ve been told I lost too much weight or that I look sickly. I spent my whole life being inactive and overweight and once I hit my mid twenties (and after having 3 children) I started working out and have never. felt. better. I am so stinking proud when someone else decides they are going to start taking care of themselves by working out and/or eating better. Why on earth would anyone knock anyone else for taking care of themselves?!

  25. says

    dude,

    two words. WELL SAID!

    As a CF coach and a practioner of many sports and movement practices (even marathons =0), It is really great to see someone take the time to come out and tell it like it is.

    You are very insightful for breaking through the noise with this this write up. Whether it is pro-CrossFit or CrossFit hating, the blogosphere is full of bull s*$t, biased, cherry-picked, agenda driven content that fills everyones feeds on a daily basis.

    1000s of people every day sit and read articles while they procrastinate and develop opinions on topics they have no experience, background, or understanding in. Everyone should catch this one. perhaps it could change some perceptions.

    anywho, keep at it man.

  26. Kate says

    I am an avid runner and have had CrossFitters bash me for it and make me feel very uncomfortable and unwelcome when I came to their gym to try out CrossFit. After 3 visits and being treated poorly everytime, I decide to stick to marathons. I’m just saying…

    • says

      I’m really sorry to hear that Kate. That surprises me. I’m sure it does happen, I’ve never witnessed it. I’ve only seen the polar opposite of what you had. =(

    • says

      Kate, just as there are bad coaches in every sport, there ARE (sadly) some bad apples in our bunch, too. Please dont paint us all with the same brush and if you think you might still like it, give another box a try. Tell them about your last experience and I think you might find a different atmosphere. If you want to stick to running thats ok, too. I, for one, appreciate that you did not bash Crossfit as a whole. You just let people know about a bad personal experience with one box.

    • Sean O Grady says

      I came to Crossfit as a runner. Everyone at the gym showed me great respect for being a runner. I have yet to have anyone at Crossfit show me disrespect for being a runner. One of our members finishes every WOD with a 5 mile run. It really sucks that you were treated that way, but I have found that to be very unusual. We used to have Zumba next door. We all thought they were great (their music was a little loud). I’m sure the others with closed minds are out there, but all of the Crossfitters I know support fitness of any kind.

  27. laura says

    and i dont care that you DO crossfit.
    ha, im sure this comment will get deleted by you hot head cf’ers. just proves the argument of the other side even more.
    and FYI, i CF.

    • anonymous says

      Laura,

      This article was written in direct response to an article titled “I don’t do crossfit.” The author is not proving the other side as you say, but refuting the points made in that article. This is a response piece, not a random statement. The article “I Don’t Do CrossFit” was written in a tone that did express care that people crossfitted, hence Chris not caring.

  28. says

    Thank you for this. I have tried every diet in the book. I’ve had trainers here, memberships there, NOTHING has worked. I would stick to something for maybe a month….possibly two.

    I’m coming up on my one anniversary of CrossFit. In the past year I have competed in my first athletic competition. (I was the Drama kid in school that NEVER went to a single football game.) For the first time in my life, I feel good about myself. I wore a tank top for the first time since childhood because I finally have the confidence to do so. I’ll keep paying my membership!

    • says

      I firmly believe membership dues are paid in sweat, not money. (but of course, you do have to pay actual $…) Sounds like you are making the most of your investment. Awesome to hear! Successes like this just make me smile and warm me to my core. Thank you for sharing. Go rock those tank tops!

  29. Bill Vasko says

    I see you didn’t address the primary concerns of crossfit…..having ppl perform exercises that they are not prepared to perform, and performing high rep sets of exercises that should never be performed for high rep sets.

    • says

      Doing any exercise where you are not prepared to perform or strong enough is a danger/problem in any arena. That’s where good coaches come in. I’ve had poor trainers at a standard fitness gym push me to I could barely straighten my arms for a week, which is definitely not good.

    • Sean O Grady says

      The Crossfit coaches I have worked with watch like hawks and never let people go beyond what they are ready for. My main coach has stopped me in the middle of WODs because I had passed my safe limits. They don’t even let people start without determining what they can safely do. I guess I take it for granted. I wish all the coaches were like that, but I know they are not. I’ve been to competitions where I could see direct evidence that some athlete’s coaches did not know what they were doing.

  30. says

    I find it an interesting coincidence that I had just finished watching videos posted by a friend (no longer) on FB entitled CROSSFIT FAILS! It was nothing BUT bashing and bad mouthing. This couldnt have been timed better. I have posted it proudly to my timeline and will gladly share it again if necessary. Thanks for the smile you put on my face.

  31. Harry Lansing says

    I train at crossfitveritas in Graham tx and I have been doing this now just short of a year I’m 36 years of age I own a heating & air conditioning company and since I’ve started training here my life has done a 180deg.
    I think the haters out there are just jealous and don’t have the heart nor the drive to commit to something they might be held accountable for.. Just sayin..

  32. Rich says

    Chris,

    I am both a Crossfit participant and a hater. Want to know why? Stuff like this. Crossfit has gotten so many “haters” because of its unhealthy rabid community, and it’s threat to the typical business of fitness. Allow me to explain.

    1. The business of fitness has made the mistake of pricing itself out of its own business. Instead of looking to differentiate itself from its competition, the Globo gyms simply wanted to compete on price. This model is failing. All the while Crossfit, while far pricier delivers a truly unique experience and has been thriving. I feel like this threat has caused a push from traditionalist to lash out with articles on the dangers of crossfit.

    2. But more importantly, Crossfit itself with its sense of community, has attracted folks with major holes in their life, who desperately need attention, and to be a part of something. This has lead to this breed of person, who must post everything they do at the box on social media 5 times a day. This is the person who talks to anyone and everyone, including those who could care less, about their WOD times and PRs. The general public has had it. They can’t just ignore and unfriend because far too many people on their social media are doing it. They can’t avoid it because their secretary at work won’t shut up about it.

    Put it to you this way. There have been all kinds of studies on the dangers of running long distances over time. It’s bad on the joints, it’s hard to keep hydrated etc. And yet there isn’t a constant discussion why? Because marathon runners don’t have throngs of people with such a strong desire to defend their addiction.

    You know who didn’t get that article posted on his Facebook wall? Me. Because I don’t make crossfit my whole life and badger my friends, family and social media connections with it 24/7.

    When you do these things, you’re asking for a response. Of course you want a good one, but you need to accept the good with the bad. Obviously you want to pat yourself on the back for your snatch PR, otherwise you wouldn’t have posted it. I’ll even go under the assumption that maybe you want to “inspire!”. Regardless, if you’re going to put it out there, be prepared for people who disagree, or who are annoyed by you in general to respond just as your fellow minded crossfitters will. Some will be good some will be bad.

    If you truly don’t care, and this is to all. Prove it. Go to the gym like most people do, and don’t say a peep about it. Do it because you enjoy it, and be damned what others think!

    Try it, see what happens. If you can’t enjoy yourself without posting it on Facebook, if you can’t hear someone talk negatively about it without you getting angry, you may want to explore what’s missing in your life.

    • says

      “When you do these things, you’re asking for a response.”

      Sounds a lot like:

      “When women wear short skirts, they’re asking to be raped.”

      IMHO…

      • Chad says

        That’s a bit dramatic don’t you think? Kind of doing exactly what he mentioned? Why overreact if you don’t care what others think.

        I agree with his response, honestly if you want to get fit be fit. But believe me my CF friends post 20x more about it than my marathon friends and my bike friends (and not saying they don’t post…because they do)

        Honestly the more people talk about it the less others want to do it. Leave some mystery guys!

    • C. Loizeaux says

      Your comment only makes sense if the statement that Crossfit ” attracts people with major holes in their lives” is a valid one. I think it is not. Not to mention that’s a very broad brush you’re painting with. It is likely that it attracts all sorts of people. My experience is that the majority of the CF ers I meet are well adjusted, centered people who are often astounded by the efficiency and success they have experienced getting fit and that amazement and joy spills into there interactions. And irrespective of what may be missing in someone’s life, I will never understand how anyone feels ok with attacking someone else or what they do . That is NEVER acceptable behavior, holes or otherwise! Think about it: you are saying that if you share an expression of positivity it is ok to be met with an expression of hate. Backward logic! Makes me wonder who are the folks with holes?

    • Stephanie says

      I think you make a really good argument and I found myself taking a step back to consider your points. I don’t necessarily disagree with you, I just have another way of looking at it. My only comment is that social media is generally flooded with what people are individually passionate about. For me that tends to be crossfit (not necessarily PRs, but fun times at the box or cool things we do as a group) and my dogs being cute. For my sister, it’s her kids and her family, with tons of pictures of them doing everything from eating to playing to sleeping. Social media (facebook specifically) is a medium for people to share their personal lives, likes, passions, and whatever else floats their boats. I agree that if your secretary at work is constantly talking about it you may not be able to escape it, but on socail media, if you don’t like something you can ignore it. Just like you probably wouldn’t say to your secretary’s face that her passion is stupid, why do you have to tell your friends that on facebook? You can simply stop following them. If I ever got tired of my sister’s kids taking over my newsfeed I would just remove her from my newsfeed. I wouldn’t post a passive aggressive article about how taking too many pictures of your kids could cause them to grow up spoiled (or something else ridiculous like that). Like you said though, if you are going to post about something publicly you should be prepared to hear differing opinions. I understand both points. I just think people should try to understand different sides more in general before posting things that may be offensive. People will naturally want to defend themselves or their beliefs.

    • Steve says

      Well said Rich! I’ve been a traditional gym owner and owned a gym that had a high % of bodybuilders in it back in the 90′s and no one has had the mentality of those that do CF. In fact, nothing is more annoying to traditional lifters than those constant questions “how much you bench”, how much you curl”. Cfer’s do love to announce about their WOD or Pr’s. Even athletes don’t go bragging about scoring goals or how many yds they rushed.

      The point is great if unhealthy, inactive people find something that promotes overall health and I’m sure there are a lot of great CF trainers. But the point is doing movements that are meant to be single or low reps for high reps or while fatigued to failure most of the time is completely dangerous and reckless. Anyone with a good knowledge in training knows that the smaller muscles will fail before the primary movers which causes joint instability leading to injury, especially in complex joints like the shoulder.

      Look at Rich Froning’s training. It is more in line with a bodybuilding style with added WOD than straight CF training. This equals Balance.

      If you are getting a great injury free experience out of CF… great! The rest of the world doesn’t care about your bloody hands from ripped skin, the new crazy WOD you did or PR’s. If we wanted to know we would ask. BTW, I have benched 425, squatted 600, deadlifted 455 and ran 6 miles all in the same week without injury, bloody hands or telling the world about it… except for now lol.

      • says

        Steve you touch on a topic that I want to explore as a result of comments shared here, the social media aspect. I try to limit my CrossFit discussion to my ifailedfran accounts, that way if someone is following me, I can safely assume they are at least semi interested in WODs and PRs. I’m sure that does get annoying to those that don’t care, as I touched on in the post. Did I literally share a bloody hand photo today on Instagram? Yes. (my first one, mind you) Why? To be honest, now that I think about it, I’m not really sure. I bet there is a myriad of reasons and it should be interesting introspection. Thank you for the inspiration, and congrats on your PRs. =)

        • Sean O Grady says

          Being part of a running community, I see a lot of posts about “how many miles I ran today”. I actually see more of them than I see from Crossfitters. People post what they are passionate about. I see more posts with pictures of what people are eating than anything else. I ignore them. What’s the big deal? That’s the way people are, they talk, either in person or on Facebook. One of the things I appreciate about the Crossfit community is that we’re expected to grow up and take responsibility. It’s on us, no more whining.

  33. Leslie says

    Great response! I love crossfit too and think, FOR ME, that it’s the best way to get me in the gym! Thank you for standing up for our sport!

  34. Ana says

    Thanks for writing this article, I usually don’t react to articles against crossfit cause like you wrote I DONT CARE IF YOU DON’T DO CROSSFIT! I felt so sorry for the author of Why I dont do Crossfit for being so ignorant, I’ve been 3 years at CrossFit Utah Valley and never been pressure or yelled and before Crossfit I never did any kind of exercise I have the fortune of being with these amazing and knowledgeable coaches , so I love it!

  35. Angie says

    I guess I am spoiled by having knowledgeable coaches who are always vigilant to watch my form, give me pointers, and meet me where I am in my fitness journey. As someone who never considered herself athletic, I have never been so inspired to be strong, push my limits (the ones that I created out of fear and ignorance), and to be a supportive community member than I have been in the past year since finding Crossfit. I have never once felt that camaraderie in any other sport or community. Reading this article makes me see that Crossfit has helped me be a more secure person, too. I’m not compelled to feel defensive or attack other forms of fitness. I don’t feel threatened by someone else’s criticism of the sport. Thanks for your post. Reminds me of why I love Crossfit and all it has done for my life!

    • says

      Love it Angie! I think I’m spoiled too, I trust my coaches completely. But I should’t be spoiled. If you don’t trust your coach, that is fundamental sign Number One to perhaps consider going someplace else! It’s not CrossFit’s fault as a whole if some coaches are less knowledgable.

      So glad you feel the camaraderie and community that I and so many others do! Keep it up!

  36. Craig says

    Seriously Well Said! I had responded to a friend asking my opinion on CrossFit, as I have recently taken it up.

    And I was honest. I explained I had been skeptical at first because it appeared “Trendy” to me and I had seen the articles about it being dangerous.

    But then I tried it. And my box is FILLED with attentive and informed trainers who NEVER “yell” at me, but instead, encourage and educate me.

    And somebody jumped on the thread and claimed, not only that it was “bad” and not for him, but also implied that it was an “excuse for people to be elitist…”

    Are you kidding me?! And this, fr somebody I respect.

    I bit my tongue, but I myself, am one of the most humble men I know. Far from elitist. Always trying to give to my community in whatever way I can.

    And that same philosophy is why I love my box. They are one of the most active organizations in the community. Raising awareness and funds for so many organizations. Giving where they can, volunteering at just about every event…

    If that’s “elitist”, then count me in.

    I was skeptical. WAS.

    My modest monthly membership may be more expensive than a membership at Planet Fitness, but it we’ll below the cost of a personal trainer.

    And as for getting hurt? I got hurt more pretending to know what I was doing at a typical gym with nobody there to help teach me form and technique.

    Now I’m stronger, more knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition and supported by a huge family with amazing hearts.

  37. Pat says

    Interestingly…I came across this blog via an unsolicited ad on Facebook. It was paired with the “why I don’t do cross fit” article. There was a time I was interested in cross fit. I visited two cross fit gyms in my area. The staff at both gyms couldn’t have been more condescending, disinterested and uninspiring. Maybe they didn’t see potential in me due to being a fitness novice. While that didn’t totally discourage me…the fact that the instructors at these gyms didn’t have, in my opinion, adequate credentials…completely turned me off. As one poster above stated…an engineering test may take a weekend…but the knowledge needed to pass the test takes years to acquire. Many coaches tout that they’ve competed in various competitions and events. That doesn’t mean you can teach it!

    I’m all for whatever floats your boat. People who rag on cross fit are like atheists. There are vocal ones…and there are ones that don’t give a shit. I’m in the later group. Just like I find the overly “atheist” crowd annoying…there are plenty of militant cross fitters that are a little over the top. Just like those marathoners who plaster 26.2 stickers all over their cars. :)

  38. Jeremy says

    I can appreciate your passion and all of CF everywhere. And you are right, we all don’t have to do CF.
    I would say though, that is a very fundamental flaw in any fitness activity in that we all don’t inherently know what risk factors exist when we apply forces to the body. The ironic thing about you using the Engineer example is that an engineer studied more than a few years to get to the exam and also can understand mechanical systems that exist in our body…axis of motion, line of force, moment arm of resistance and how forces are transmitted through our structure. That is a H U G E deal. Risk factors are not always based on ‘form’ good or bad, forces are being placed on our bodies. (Risks- 1 progression, 2- How much force? changes of speed and distance from an axis matter 3 – duration 4 – frequency 5 – does our body’s current structure allow for said applied loads.
    The lack of this knowledge is problematic in all fitness. CF could do better at understanding these…and weigh the opportunity cost of risk in the CF world. That is unbiased science…to critically evaluate an exercise as a physics problem and how that is applied to each individual —because we all aren’t born with the same structures or durable nervous systems.
    Again, this is a huge hole in the fitness realm…if we had more trainers and coaches that understood exercise mechanics…not form and how efficiently it’s performed…but truely looking at exercise as a choice of a red pill or blue pill. Red Pill and Blue Pill have very similar benefits but the red pill has slightly more benefit but comes with greater risk. Blue pill is less benefit but still a good amount with very low risk. I would want a coach/trainer to know these things. It takes hard work to think through these things. Most people don’t like work or are comfortable critically analyzing their choices.

    Again, I see this in all realms of fitness. CF could be a big leader in getting this knowledge base…with their passion to get better I think it is logical to take that step.

    • says

      I like what you are getting at. I look at CF with an engineer’s eye from time to time. Like doing a clean for example, and how your body is both more efficient and safer with the weight close to your body. I agree that fitness as a whole can benefit from this. Hey, maybe you just gave me an idea to turn entrepreneur… =)

      • says

        One of my favorite coaches at our box used to be a physics professor. Obviously it’s not biomechanical engineering, but in general his insights are always great.

  39. QuadzillaGirl says

    Thank you for this! There’s just too much negativity stemming from that article, which gives people a free pass to criticize OUR passion. I don’t think they realize how hurtful it can be to attack someone’s passion. It’s like, “oh I don’t even feel the need to try crossfit because of this article and all the videos of people with bad form so I’m just gonna criticize it from a distance and ignore all the hardwork and effort that you put into it!” Never in my life have I considered myself athletic. I’m a total klutz. I sprained my ankle a few times when I wear heels and sometimes when I’m too caught up in my own thoughts, but never in crossfit! At most, I strained my already bad ankle during a warm-up, after which I rested for 2 days and was back to “WODing” in no time. I’ve never been sick since crossfit and paleo, and now, I’m already competing in this sport. I love it! It fuels me to train harder and show them that while they’re busy lashing out on crossfit, we’re all too busy breaking PRs and becoming machines!

  40. JoeMo says

    Well said! DO what you lovie!!! And guys, lets not stir up other issues has he is just siting examples with other professions. I crossfit, and will continue to crossfit!!

  41. says

    Awesomely written !!! I went and posted it on “that blog” … but I guess it will be moderated …. From a personal point of view. I have done the martial arts, the running , the gym …. etc. …. I it’s only now that I have found my true passion. Having done military training …. I know I sought the camaraderie that came with Crossfit….. We are all like minded …doing something together that we all truly love……

    Here is an excerpt from an article I read recently which pretty much covers how I feel about the “haters”

    Dear Haters,

    I love you. Please keep complaining and sniping and backbiting. Bitch about me, bitch about Coach Glassman, bitch about CrossFit, bitch about the workout, the programming, the muscle-up, the Sumo Deadlift High Pull, the medicine ball, and the kipping pull-up. Bitch about everything under the sun and then find some stuff in outer space and bitch about that.

    See, there’s always something you can find to complain about. Keep at it!

    Since the beginning of time, there have always been haters and detractors and envious folks and malcontents. Got fire? You got haters! The cold and dark were GREAT! Why would anyone want warmth and light? Lightweights. Things were soooo much better in the dark.

    We need folks like you who are upset and angry that the world doesn’t turn their way, that someone else is snatching, that someone got a clean PR, that someone else nailed their first pull-up, that someone else owns the gym, and that someone else is loving CrossFit and life!

    We need you. Please don’t disappoint. Because if you weren’t there with all your belly-aching, we certainly would take things for granted. We would fail to fully appreciate the Workout of the Day, the results, the free resources on the website — and thousands of CrossFit affiliate blogs worldwide. We would fail to fully appreciate this fantastic community, these mini-ecosystems of fitness-minded folks trying like hell to make this world a better place through CrossFit. Yup. If we didn’t have the haters, we would fail to fully appreciate this community and CrossFit itself.

    So, please, haters, take care of yourselves. Rest, eat, sleep. Fuel up. We’ve got a long road ahead of us. CrossFit isn’t dying. It’s exploding all over the world. There are more and more of us every day. So we need you guys to remind us of who we don’t want to be. Thanks so much!

    Thank you for your inspiring article … Keep up the good work !!!

  42. Fleur says

    Thank you! Love this! As I posted on FB – I don’t do Zumba because I have 2 left feet and spend the entire class going the wrong way! It is not ‘my thing’. I also don’t get the results I am looking for but I don’t hate on it! And I 100% support my friends who never, ever miss their zumba class, come rain, hail or shine. I love cross fit, I love the results, I love the camaraderie. I spent 16 years in the Army and I find that CF has a very similar ethos of teamwork and mateship – whilst still promoting a healthy competitive attitude. I have been injured riding motorbikes (broken back), touch rugby (full knee reconstruction), rugby (knee again, torn ankle ligaments, broken thumb, nose and fingers), hiking (weakened achilles tendons), netball, basketball, long distance running, cycling etc etc etc. I still do most of these things (except full contact rugby which I have gracefully retired from). The fact is that in any sport if you push yourself there is a risk of injury. That is actually part of the rush, thrill, buzz etc. It is a massive part of the sense of achievement when you do succeed! So far, I haven’t had a CF injury, thanks to great coaches and the fact that I have taken the time to thoroughly learn lifts etc and have followed the coaches advice on correct progression. I don’t intend to stop anytime soon. If CF is a cult – then I am a proud member :)

    • says

      You bring up a great point! Regarding people hating on a particular type of fitness saying it is simply unsafe… they better not bungee jump or hang glide or even ride a motorcycle… anything with a “perceived” increased degree of danger! Now that would be an interesting study!

  43. William says

    As someone who has bashed crossfit in the past, I greatly appreciate this. I’m a former college cross country and long distance track runner. Currently I’ve gotten back into my first sports love: soccer. I don’t remember hearing anyone say that everyone should do crossfit, but I have multiple times had crossfit-obsessed people tell me that long distance running is harmful for the body and try to convince me to only do short sprints or weight training instead. Like you, I think it’s always great for people to pursue their passions, especially when it comes to sports and exercise. When I have problems is when people put down others’ interests, just because they are different. I personally think ultra-marathoners are crazy, but as long as they are careful to give themselves time to recover properly and don’t overtrain, I don’t think they are doing anything harmful to themselves. I’m really glad to hear a crossfit person say exactly what did in this article, because it isn’t the idea I’ve gotten in the past, and as a result I’ve probably painted crossfit rather unfairly in my mind. It’s important to acknowledge genuine concerns, especially about safety, but the most important thing is always to encourage everyone to enjoy being active and pushing themselves to be the best they can be at whatever they choose to do.

    • says

      Glad you received the intent of this post and I hope that you meet more CrossFitters that support everyone. I know there are some, like you said, that feel that CF is the be all end all to fitness. I hope they read this and realize everything should be supported in a safe manner.

  44. Ron says

    Great article. However I need to add that you can in fact become a Level 1 Certified CF instructor in one weekend without ever having done crossfit a day before in your life. I know this because when I went through my Level 1, 4 years ago there were 3 people who had done this, who had also had their CF affiliate and were opening the doors to their gym after that weekend. This is where I started to lose faith in the machine of CF main. To be honest, good on them, the saw an opportunity and took it. I will also add that none of the 3 were any type of athlete to begin with, over weight. Here lies the problem with CF main and how it has become a money hungry organization. There is no system of checks and balances to determine proficiency in the movements prior to attending the Level 1 Cert. If you have the money and can pass the test by studying the night before then BOOM, you are here by a legit CF certified Level 1 CF Instructor. It is a joke and this is one of the things that, gets people hurt, and gives CF a bad name. There is no standard other than passing a test then paying more money to re-certify. I am the anti Crossfit-Crossfitter, meaning I do not think CF main has done anything to support the CF owners. It is a life style that I have been 100% in for the last 8 years. I have made some great friends and most important I met my Wife through CF. I love seeing more and more gyms open up that choses not to affiliate with the CF name/label but still compete at the events and do well even without the magical certifications that CF has gotten rich over. I love seeing new CF’ers and serious kool aid drinkers get all butt hurt when you break down the facts that CF Main does not give one shit about you and your gym…unless you have a top 5 competitor or team at your gym then it is different, other than that all you do is pay their bills. I support my gym and that is the extent of supporting the CF label.
    Great article.

    Ron

    • says

      That’s a very valid point, something I haven’t thought of. Although, I would say that most large fitness corporations do not have the ability to “care” about each and every gym/box directly. Perhaps CFHQ could implement regional jurisdictions in the future, just like they do regional competitions. A region would have less boxes to watch over and could perhaps interact better with the individual affiliate owner. Great comment!

  45. john says

    I’m not a fan of Crossfit, but it doesn’t mean I can’t see the positives of it. Saying you can get injured doing other things is one of the worst arguements for Crossfit. The Crossfit program is one of the worst arguments for Crossfit, it’s horrible. Crossfit is dangerous and the sport itself is focused on people that can succeed with little instruction, even in the best of boxes.

    However. All you need to do is read these comments to see the true value of Crossfit. Crossfitters approach exercise with unparalleled zeal and passion. If you put that much positive energy toward anything your going to get a lot out of it. Also, there is not much these days aside from religion that can give you a sense of belonging and camaraderie, so Crossfit is rare and extremely valuable in that regard as well. Women doing Crossfit often appreciate strength and get out of that purely aesthetic based fitness box. Lastly, bringing good, basic exercises to the masses is a great thing for the fitness world in general.

    Crossfit is not perfect but you can help it grow best by acknowledging it’s shortcomings as well as it’s successes.

    • says

      I definitely disagree that the sport of CrossFit is focussed on people that can succeed with little instruction. If I didn’t have proper coaching and instruction, I would’ve hurt myself by now. I fail to see how CF is any more dangerous than say putting on improper footwear and running long distances with poor form and tearing up your joints. Dropping a barbell on yourself and permanent knee cartilage damage are both pretty catastrophic injuries with lifetime ramifications.

  46. Linda says

    Thank you for a well written article. My box family cheered me on through cancer and chemo – and I kept going to the box the whole time. I could not have done it without them and their encouragement and the faith I have in God’s plan for my life.

  47. Kristen says

    Thank you! I shied away from CrossFit for years despite seeing my friends’ successes, because it seemed too extreme for me (I’m a runner). I was looking for a change of pace this year, and after a LOT of research on local boxes I chose one I absolutely love. CrossFit motivates me in a way running or doing a solo workout at the gym didn’t. I appreciate having a built in support system that encourages me to get out of bed at 5AM and plow through a WOD. My coaches keep a close eye on all of us, and are first to tell us to slow down or drop weight if our form suffers. Coincidentally, I broke my leg last week. Everyone who sees me and knows I do CrossFit immediately assumes I was injured in the box. Actually, I was running on my own time, tripped on a pothole and fell. I’m just clumsy! Proof that any physical activity is a risk.

    • says

      Beautiful comment, although sorry to hear about your injury! =( Myself, I know some days I’m not as motivated to workout, but I know I’ll get question by my built in support system and they help hold me accountable to myself. So glad you found a box and community you love! I bet your running times have improved too huh?

  48. Jake says

    I can see the benefits in Crossfit. My only complaint is the “if your not crossfit, fuck you” attitude I see everyday. When you truly enjoy a passion, most try to help others see the same. Time and time again I run across cross fitters that shun those who don’t. A middle aged man, tired and out of shape, should be brought in a worked with, not turned away and shunned. I know that there are a lot of great Crossfitters out there, but the bad ones are making the name.

    • says

      I disapprove of this attitude as well. I hope my CrossFit brothers and sisters evaluate themselves and make sure they aren’t putting off any elitist attitude.

  49. says

    Well said.
    While I prefer workouts with more volume than the typical CF WOD, I get that we each have our own path.
    My events range from 5-mile obstacle courses to 12-hour military-style challenges to 50K ultramarathons. I cannot count how many times I have been told the most pathetic excuses of why I can’t do that or why I should be afraid of getting hurt.

  50. says

    I applaud you dear sir!

    I love: snowboarding, tennis, gymnastics, sailing, water skiing, biking and rock climbing. CrossFit makes me stronger for all of the above.

    The most important quote “I dont think I’m alone when I say that I don’t care if you don’t CrossFit. I’m happy for whatever fitness you find.”

    JUST HAVE FUN AND MOVE YOUR BODY!

  51. Nicole says

    Love the article. I did crossfit for a little while with my husband but it just wasn’t for me. My husband on the other hand loves it. You couldn’t have said it any better. “I don’t care if you don’t crossfit. I’m happy for whatever fitness you find”. My husband is a crossfit junkie and I like to run and lift weights. Whatever makes you happy right? People are just so judgmental and think everyone has to like the same thing.

  52. says

    Here’s the thing: Everyone acts like CrossFit is just exercise. It’s NOT. It’s a lifestyle. People who CrossFit are typically looking for more than just exercise or activity… they’re looking for a coach, a support system, a plan, a way to feel strong and powerful and in control of their own life. And you know what? Most people who CrossFit find EXACTLY what they go in looking for. If you don’t know what you’re looking for when you go in, you wind up like that ignorant woman spewing hate and false information. After a while, you find that these people aren’t just “workout buddies”, they become your real-life friends. Friends talk about what they have in common. And what’s more, if I talk about CrossFit on Facebook, it’s because I’M PROUD OF MYSELF. I could not care less if you do or don’t CrossFit, I achieved a goal and I’m excited about that. I got told I was crazy for running marathons, I get told I’m crazy for my love of CrossFit… but at the end of the day, I’m safe, I’m strong, I’m happy and I’m eating (pretty much) whatever I want. So haters, feel free to hate. I’m gonna be over here lifting something heavy.
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  53. Phil says

    A well written article, and I totally agree. If you don’t like CrossFit, then don’t do it. That being said, I have some constructive advice for the CrossFit organization. I am a licensed PE. Had to get a BSME from an accredited college. Then work for 4 years under a PE to even qualify to take the exam. And the exam was harder than anything you could imagine. 1/3 who take it fail the first time. If CF wants to take away ammunition from detractors, some of whom have made valid points and some of whom are just haters, then they need to clamp down on their certification process. Yes, every profession has bad apples. But the CF certs do not carry any educational prerequisites. Neither do some other low-level fitness certs, but those people do not call themselves “elite”. Well-respected fitness certs require some level of formal education. If CF wants to improve their credibility as a legitimate, and “elite”, fitness organization then they need their certification to have some clout. The safety and welfare of their clients, the growth of their business, and their reputation would greatly improve.

  54. Philip says

    Why are you getting upset that someone said they dont do CrossFit? This would never have happened if CrossFitters didnt jam their training techniques down your throat all the time. If CrossFitters quietly went about their training and weren’t constantly talking about how it’s better than other exercise regimens, nobody would ever write that article. Don’t you see the very title of your article is how everyone that doesnt do CrossFit feels? I don’t care that you DO CrossFit. Whatever happened to shut-up and lift? Now it’s lift, beat your PR and post in on Facebook like it means anything to anyone.

    I wish everyone in CrossFit truly did appreciate all forms of fitness equally like you mention. Unfortunately the overwhelming, constant smugness that fumes from the large majority of crossfitters is what fuels people to write articles against crossfitting. I agree CrossFitters are in general, extremely positive. But you can’t help but notice their smugness if you mention you aren’t into CrossFit.

    The dilemma: Most people who exercise do not train to the levels that many CrossFitters/other athletes do. The majority of people do not see pure exercise and CrossFit does not do a good job of leaving it as pure exercise. The culture that surrounds CrossFit outweighs any bit of positive training technique or good fitness habits that I know CrossFit does encompass. Yoga is HUGE, and even Yoga does come off as elitist as CrossFit.

    CrossFit has become the hot fraternity/sorority that thinks they’re better than everyone. The people on the outside have to counteract the polarizing attitude that CrossFitters give off. It’s really too bad for CrossFit – I think there are some really respectable athletes who train that way.

    • says

      I try very hard to limit my social media posting of CrossFit to my accounts associated with this blog. I have my “personal” Facebook that I try very hard to not constantly flood with CrossFit info, because I know not everyone cares. If you follow any ifailedfran account, I assume you support and rather enjoy seeing CrossFit stuff. I can only speak for myself, but I try very hard to not have a polarizing attitude. Conversation and constructive criticism is one of the best forms of personal growth.

  55. Shane says

    You say: “There’s also no reason to publish articles or support articles by sharing them when the author clearly a) is not an expert on the subject, b) has an agenda they are pushing, c) states “facts” that are clearly not true or are simply the author’s opinion.”

    I’m not for or against CrossFit. There’s good and bad in everything, but don’t be a hypocrite. As I scour the internet for something to tell me your credentials and expertise, I find nothing. So a) you’re not an expert, b) you’re obviously pushing your agenda, and c) your article is filled opinions not supported by anything.

    In essence, you told people at the end of your blog to not listen to anything you have to say. Just a heads up.

    But hey, this is your blog, you can do what you want. The “Why I don’t do CrossFit” was at least written by an expert, with opinions supported by facts and this should go without saying, but everyone has an agenda to push to, bud.

    • says

      Touche, Shane. I had to think about your words for a bit. You’re right, I’m definitely no CrossFit expert.

      While this post is definitely pro-CrossFit, it is more pro-fitness and pro-support. I don’t know how to become an expert in supporting people with happiness and passion other than by practicing being a decent human being. I’m not trying to state facts or draw conclusions about anything. I pointed out other hysterical examples to combat the hyperbole of saying ALL CrossFit is bad. That’s the only agenda here, in this post. The agenda is that every form of fitness can be dangerous, and that every form of fitness should be appreciated and, not necessarily supported but at least not hated or polluted with false information.

      Thanks for your comment.

  56. Steve Joo says

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WRITING THIS!!! That Erin Simmons is one attention grabbing whore. Brilliant that she would write a CrossFit bash articles to increase her personal narcissistic following. Thank you Christ for writing this! I couldn’t have done it better myself.

  57. says

    Tis’ the season,

    It seems like every spring the anti-CrossFit propaganda machine starts to rear its ugly head. Do personal trainers fiscal years end in March or April and they realize they are losing revenue to a fitness community they have no control over. Rather then step up their game to provide a better product to attract and or keep customers they would rather discourage them from joining other fitness venues.

    I am 54 years old and have been CrossFitting for 7 years and I am in better shape then I was in my late 20′s. Has it been all a bed of roses, hell no, I have aches, I have pains, I have injuries, but I sustained worse injuries skiing, running or playing tennis. You can spend your life living or slowly dying, I choose living. Everyone needs to find a positive outlet for their fitness needs be it CrossFit, Barre, Yoga, Trainer, Globo-Gym, or Zumba, just get out there and do what you love and stop bashing what you do not understand.

    Great article Chris, feel free to vent whenever you want.

  58. Jillian says

    Preach, my twitter friend!

    I am not sure why there are so many vocal CrossFit haters out there. Back in 2008 I did Ironman Florida and talked about my training and goal to finish the 140.6 mile race at 21 years old. Never once did I encounter anyone who said anything negative about it, in fact, it was just the opposite, everyone who I talked to would either say, “wow, that’s so impressive” or “wow, you’re crazy”. Which looking back now, I find pretty funny because training 30+ hours a week and literally working out for 13 hours straight, which was how long it took me to finish the race, is probably a lot more dangerous than the under 10 hours I spend at the CrossFit gym a week doing workouts that usually last under 30 minutes. In fact, did you know that race officials weigh you the day before you do an Ironman for medical reasons and may weigh you again right after you finish if you end up in the medical tent to check your hydration status. I also should mention when training for a second Ironman in 2010, I suffered a stress fracture in my femur. My doctor out of the Running Institute in downtown Chicago, who only has endurance athletes as patients, said that she sees maybe two femur stress fractures a year, and they are usually in older women who are post-menopausal, not healthy 23 year old women. After running a series of tests, including a bone density scan, my doctor said that it was my intense and constant endurance training that caused my rare stress fracture.

    The point of my story is, despite everything that I put my body through during the seven years I ran marathons and did long distance triathlons, I never once had anyone tell me I should completely stop because it was dangerous, yet the minute I got into CrossFit in 2012, I had people who I barely knew or hadn’t seen in years unleash a wrath of hate on me when I mentioned that I had taken up the sport.

    • says

      That’s my job here, dispelling hurtful myths one post at a time. =)

      I think it is trendy and “cool” to hate CrossFit. Something will undoubtedly replace CF as the new hip thing to hate on, but for now CrossFit has to bear that load.

  59. says

    As someone who is new to Crossfit I was shocked by how angry Ms. Simmon’s article made me. Thank you for articulating so well all the feels I was feeling. I’m sick of defending how much I really do love my newfound Crossfit community.

  60. says

    Do I crossfit? Yes! Do I have a shoulder injury? Yes! Why am I excited about that? My cholesterol is down 60 points. My blood sugars are in the excellent range. I’m healthy. Guess what, my other shoulder had work done on it 6 years ago, long before I started crossfit. My shoulders are just bad. If I workout at all, I’m going to have shoulder issues. I could sit my fat ass on the couch and do no workouts to save my shoulders, but heart disease and diabetes are much more difficult to treat than a little shoulder pain. Am I close to RX on my workouts? No, and I may never be, but I have more muscles, less fat, and I feel better. I wish people would get off their butts and actually workout. Sure they might get injured, but their overall health would be better, saving them years of doctor’s appointments and hospital stays.

  61. Betsy Strohsahl says

    I’m a 66 year old woman who’s been crossfitting for a year and a half. I’m slow, there are things I will never be able to do. I modify and scale and my coaches help me. But I’m stronger and feel better, and truly love working out with such a supportive group of usually much younger people.
    There are sports I don’t care for and sports I find stupid. But I keep those opinions to myself and applaud anyone taking part in any form of activity they enjoy.

  62. says

    I am one of those people who has always disliked CrossFit, but with the knowledge I’ve never actually trained in the discipline. Call it an irrational fear, but from some of the videos I’ve seen it just appears that there are moves in CrossFit that appear to have such a high risk of injury. I was a cardio junkie for decades, then added resistance training in and finally conventional weight training about 7 months ago (deadlifts, squats, etc.).

    At 54 years old, I consider myself fit. All after 50, I ran a 5k (my 1st and only) in 21:32, ran the Fenway Park Spartan Sprint and placed 346 out of 3,300, climbed Mt. Katahdin, etc. I’m a general physical fitness person with no specific training regime. I’ve done things like P90X, spinning, running, etc. for exercise. For whatever reason, CrossFit isn’t considered “traditional” like other forms of fitness. So I dabble in traditional exercise, and when I see CrossFit, I think I see times where moves are done that seem dangerous and in bad form (I am NO expert and have no idea what I’m talking about other than my interpretation).

    Does each move in CrossFit have lessons in form as there is in traditional weight lifting?

    And with all of my injury fears of CrossFit, six weeks ago I ruptured my Achilles (on the mend post surgery) jumping rope, an exercise you wouldn’t normally associate with injury. Thus, my irrational fear because I’ve always known you can injure yourself simply walking.

    By the way, this is a GREAT article and very enlightening into the world of CrossFit.

    • says

      I understand what you are saying Jonathan. There are some pretty bad videos out there of people, doing CrossFit, in a very bad, stupid way. There’s usually at least one additional person in the video watching that could stop the person. You can find hundreds if not thousands of these videos with a simple youtube search. Obviously, this is not what CrossFit is about and not what CrossFit teaches. Those videos become sensationalized because of how bad they are. I myself watch them just to see all sides of CrossFit that is out there, and I cringe and shake my head when I see them… and yes sometimes I even laugh.

      I wouldn’t consider your Spartan race “traditional” exercise either, from my reading knowledge of Spartan races (I’ve never trained or competed). And you ask if each CrossFit move has lessons in form? Absolutely. CrossFit.com has demonstrations and teachings on every movement standard. There are supplemental books for coaches that teach them how to teach us. This is what CrossFit is supposed to be. Just like anyone can go bench press way too much weight and hurt themselves and capture it on camera, so too with CrossFit.

      CrossFit definitely isn’t for everyone, and it should be that way. It just irks me to no end to know that some people form such a “strong” opinion of CF based solely on “fail videos” circulating around the internet.

  63. says

    First rule as a trainer is to do no harm. Yea you could get injured doing just about anything.
    The more I keep reading, the more it seems that crossfit should be broken into 3 categories and “programmed” as such.
    Elite competitors in games (who don’t crossfit, froening has an oly coach and actually periodizes his program)
    People who want to compete.

    Everyday people who want to get in better shape

    3 distinctly different goals in which there should be separate programming. You have people coming in with all sorts of issues, the most common being rounded shoulders from sitting. Makes sense to not have them do overhead exercises till they successfully and painlessly reach over head with no compensatory movements. Agree??
    Oly lifts for high reps? You’re taking a very technique driven power exercise and making it’s a conditioning drill where form breaks down easily.

    Ps i own a training facility. We take proper progressions/regressions, we still lift heavy all the time. We’ve had crossfit converts in which we’ve had to fix squat form, deadlift form.

    My defense of crossfit is that it is still relatively young and there is so much room for improvement in terms of safety and programming and teaching and maybe that’s in the works. Maybe not.

    • Sam says

      I love your idea of the different training categories. I was a trainer for a couple of years, then owned my own boot camp for a few years. I never had a client get inured, maybe that was luck, but maybe not. Instead I had tons of improvements in clients, it was great. The CF gym I go to has pretty good coaches. I only cringe occasionally at what they say is ok for someone to do; and they are sticklers for form. The biggest problem I have with the CF world is that the beginners are encouraged to push themselves far beyond where they should. A person should not be sore for 4+ days, only able to workout once/week before the soreness subsides. Part of that is the person’s fault for doing too much, but most of it is not realizing how sore they’re going to be for pushing that hard. Beginners especially don’t know where that point is, and the coaches, in general, think that’s just part of doing CF. I think the introductory program needs the most improvement, then the programming of where to go from there based on the person’s goals.

    • Lynn says

      Many boxes are going to this or a similar model. My box now has different “levels” akin to “fitness” or “competition” depending on your needs, skills, and fitness level. (Not to mention the month-long on-ramp.)

  64. Eric says

    I’m 48 and I’ve been Crossfitting for about four years now. I’m an average athlete and did ok when I first started. As I get closer to 50, though, I can see changes (read, “reductions”) in my performance and am beginning to experience some minor nagging aches and pains. However, even on my worst days the thought of dropping my membership never really crosses my mind.

    Now, that having been said, I’d like to respectfully offer a few thoughts to consider…

    1) It’s probably important that we come to terms with the reality that none of us will be 28 or 33 or even 48 forever. As hard as we might try to delay the inevitable, we will lose strength and cardio as we age, along with our capacity to recover. Some folks might be blessed with the gene(s) that allows them to go Rx longer than others. No matter, age affects each of us. We shouldn’t be embarrassed to reduce the load or take a day (or even two!) off.

    2) If we can’t come to terms with that pesky age thing then we might have some larger issues around ego and narcissism that a) CF is feeding, b) will lead to injury.

    3) Sure, I can tell “haters” to unfriend or ignore my post about my time today. Before I do, though, I probably owe it to myself to ask why I really feel it necessary to post that score? Is it about “community” or do I have a serious need to be recognized and validated?

    4) Very few fanatics are fun to be around. Fanatical moms, dads, model train collectors, fanatically reformed smokers, even fanatical Crossfitters. I know, maybe I just don’t love CF as much as some people. In fact, I’ll admit that a lot of times at the box I like to talk to people about things completely unrelated to CF. I might ask them about their day (not including the WOD) or their family. True, some people might be haters. On the other hand, another person might be obsessive about a single part of their life.

    I hope to be able to continue CF for a long, long time. And if I get to be 80 years old and the best overhead work I can do is with an empty bar, so be it. But I hope I won’t feel the need tell everyone about it, that I’ll have lots of other non-CF interests, activities and people in my life, that I won’t bore people to death talking about CF, and that my ego will allow me to eventually forego even the empty bar for a length of PVC so I can keep going.

    • Lynn says

      4) I hear what you are saying, but I also think part of the conversation here is the hatred. People don’t write articles about why they don’t build model trains or all the downsides of having children and how nobody should be a parent, yet it’s totally normal to write hateful articles about CrossFit. I guess, for me, that’s the difference. There are a few valid concerns (like Oly lifts in volume for time), but 90% of the anti-CF articles I read are just plain old hateful. So, yeah, maybe we should look at how “fanatical” we can be, but I don’t think we deserve all this hate any more than any of your other examples (moms, dads, model builders, etc).

      • Eric says

        Hate is a pretty strong word. I didn’t really get from the article.

        I think in the on-line exchange of ideas and opinions we largely tend to group with people who share our ideas, opinions, and, in this case, passion (CF). Maybe some softer words could’ve been used in the article. However, I’m afraid we’ve lost our capacity to send – and receive – differing views or even (gasp!) criticism.

        Let us CF’ers be truthful with ourselves: Part of the appeal of CF is that it’s a uniquely physically and mentally challenging training regimen. Finishing a WOD can produce a feeling of accomplishment.

        If one feels the need to tell the world about his or her accomplishments day after day after day – whether it’s finishing a CF WOD or raising children – on or about the fifth day very few people care to hear about it anymore. Except those who share the same passion. Maybe. (Do people who like to talk about their own accomplishments really listen to others talk about theirs?)

  65. says

    Dude. Great article. It’s very annoying to see all the recent Anti-CF Posts on social media. I get it. If you don’t like it, don’t like it. I don’t like coconut, but I’m not going to punish everyone who does. Crossfit has worked for me. I didn’t grow up working out, I’m naturally lean, but hated my body, and I hated how much unathletic I felt in my life, so when I found CF at 30, I jumped on bored. I saw physical gains and stregth gains that I never thought i could achieve. It’s MY activity, I love the community involved and how they’ve made me a better person, both in and outside of the box. I gained my confidence in that gym, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Do I think it’s the ONLY and best fitness plan? Hell, no. But right now, it works for me, and it may work for me for years, or for a few more moments before i move onto something else.

    Good article man. Really appreciate it.

  66. Western says

    I am all for fitness….don’t do enough of it myself but nevertheless, I enjoy working up a good sweat. And so, if you think crossfit is the best way for you to do it….great! But….

    What this article fails to understand or even really address is why cross fit gets so much hate. Now, I agree with the article in that coach quality will very like in any sport/activity and that they may push too hard or just be ignorant. So that being said, I have 5 close friends who have tried cross fit, all at different gyms/boxes, 4 of them ended up with differing degrees of back injuries. As someone who has suffered multiple back injuries, this was enough to keep me away.

    But as to why people hate cross fit, with virtually every person I know who has been involved I’m cross fit for an extended period, they become unable to have a conversation about anything else. Now I don’t mind hearing that you had a good work out or you have a new personal best at something. Great! Good for you! But when each day you hear about the time someone had on a WOD, which means nothing to someone on the outside. It isn’t relatable! I know how far 10k is and I know what a good time on it is. I have no idea what you are doing, and I have no idea if you have actually done it well.

    It isn’t that I hate cross fit, I don’t, but I were to sit there and talk about baseball or hockey or any other topic non-stop to someone who knew nothing about these things, they would get bored. They might try to change the topic to something both people can talk about. But like any cult, you bring the topic back to what it says in the Watchtower, and while I respect your right to practice the religion of cross fit, I just don’t want to have it preached to me.

  67. Laura says

    Awesome reply to a ridiculous argument. Why is there so much hate for Crossfit? I also love my CrossFit family as well and the supportive comradery that I have felt in every box that I have ever walked into. I have always been encouraged to scale a workout to my personal level of fitness and skill (sometimes I scale up and sometimes I scale down) that is one of the main commandments of CrossFit…scalability. I got my Level I Cert this year and it wasn’t the hardest thing I have ever done but you definitely need to have a pretty good understanding of athletic training concepts and nutrition. I am not a “trainer” I took the class because I wanted to be able to better right my own programing and improve my own performance. One day, maybe when I have more time I would love to coach little old ladies and bring out their inner beasts. CrossFit when done right gives you strength, endurance and mobility. Who gives a f&%* about the size of you biceps. I want real functional movement that allows me to get off the coach no matter how old and crotchety I get. That is why I CrossFit. That is why I keep on squatting (below parallel) and will never stop!!!

    I am going to Europe this summer and cannot wait to Crossfit in London and Rome.

    - Your friendly neighborhood CrossFit Cultist :-)

  68. Ben says

    Hi Chris. I agree with the gist of your article and think you made good points, but also a few weak arguments.

    I hated the crooked accountant thing. No one said Crossfit is the only professional with bad apples. That was weak straw man argument, in my opinion. The fact that there are crooked accountants tells us nothing about the quality of Crossfit coaches and is not at all relevant to her point.
    I though the “all bridges” are unsafe thing was also misleading. While the engineering test may only take 8 hours, I don’t think there are many people that could pass it without years of preparation. With the CF Level 1 Cert, a lot of people could pass it without one second of prep time and most people can pass it with very minimal prep work. I passed it easily just reading the online manual. I would need years of prep to pass the engineering test. Most of the people in my class did not leave that place ready to be a CF coach. I think a better argument is that there aren’t many people that walk out, cert in hand, and start coaching right away. Having your cert doesn’t mean you can get a job at a box. You’d need to prove yourself as a competent coach first. And if someone like that opened their own gym, I doubt he or she would last long.
    While I agree that health and longevity certainly correlates with long life, I think there’s more evidence that there is a tipping point where too much intense exercise can be bad for your heart. This is something that concerns me as someone that also loves Crossfit. More may not always be better.

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276784.php

    Lastly, sure you can get hurt bench pressing, Crossfitting, or tying your shoe. That does not mean that those activities all have the same level of injury risk. To say “you can get hurt doing any exercise” tells us nothing about the relative risks of Crossfit.

    Anyway, I don’t mean to hate. I’m with the theme entirely. Thanks for posting.

    Ben

  69. Danielle says

    Spot on Chris. I’ve been doing CF for just under 6 months and I have never loved anything more. I thought I was in shape when I joined – boy was I wrong! I also thought I’d never be able to do heavy lifting or the intensity of the WODs. At 42, I’m in the best shape of my life. Most of my friends are sick of hearing me talk about CF and Paleo, but the results don’t lie. I miss it when I don’t go. And yes, they are the most amazing and supportive community I’ve ever come across in all my years of working out at gyms. It’s a family, plain and simple. I am blessed to be able to watch my transformation and present a positive image of health to my son and my friends and family. If they don’t like it, they can kiss my…

  70. Fred says

    Very thoughtful and well-balanced response to that other published piece that spewed nothing more than vitriolic criticism of the entire CrossFit community and movement.

    Who’s Right?

    As many others have stated on here, what’s great about social media and the myriad of other publishing tools that we have at our disposal today is that these enable all of us to create and spread ideas like never before, but this freedom in publishing comes at a price when others choose to spread misinformation, extremism and hate. Nevertheless, I’m grateful for these tools and wouldn’t have it any other way.

    At the surface level many of us may be asking ourselves, “but wait, which of the articles is right?” But embedded within each well-crafted sentence is the more important message of “there’s ALWAYS more than one way to skin a cat.” Even more important is for all of us to remember to DO OUR OWN THINKING and DECISION MAKING without relying too heavily on the advice of traditional/professional “experts.” We’re all experts in our own right when it comes to us, and last time I checked with the FTC no has a monopoly on the knowledge, wisdom and experience of the world (courtesy laughter please!). We should not be fooled or intimated by credentials. We should have a degree of reverence for the work that it takes to get those credentials, but never defer all power, control and responsibility to the credentials.

    Is Sharing Caring?

    When it comes to sharing content it’s crucial that we each be thoughtful and strategic in our approach. For better or worse, the content we share becomes a reflection (to a certain extent) of our brand and ourselves. And if you opt for sharing content that may not be well received make sure you’re ready to substantiate your claims with anecdotal and empirical evidence. Movement, nutrition and mental paradigm approaches come in all shapes and sizes like everything (for the most part) else in our natural world. I appreciated that Chris emphasized that what works for one person may not work for another, and vise versa. There is no one size fits all approach to the majority of things that deal the unpredictability of what we are, human!

    The Underlying Issue:

    This “Why I Don’t Do CrossFit vs. I don’t care if you don’t CrossFit.” debate is far more telling of a BIGGER issue in society and government today. Have we lost the ability to work with the “other” to achieve a desired goal (i.e. a more mentally, physically, emotionally fit society etc.) that we’d all benefit from? Does someone always have to be wrong for the other party to be right? And how can anything apply to every single ___________________? Is that even possible, reasonable and balanced? I certainly think so, and it’s why I thought this piece was refreshing.

    Thanks @ifailedfran
    @FuturistFred

    Quote:

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. -Abraham Lincoln

  71. says

    I have no idea why people are paying any attention or even responding to this ridiculous article in the 1st place. Do you really stop at a busy street corner to argue with the tattered man holding a sign and screaming the world is coming to an end today?

  72. Emily says

    I agree completely! While I am no Crossfit enthusiast, I do it a few times a week to supplement my running.

    I am a marathon runner and I am up to try any sort of workout. I was hesitant about Crossfit at first (since most avid runners, like myself, only run). But it is a great thing to do twice a week to get me stronger for running.

    I’ve been criticized constantly (and still am) for running marathons. It’s obnoxious, especially because most people that do the criticizing don’t know anything about it. They don’t know that there is science to support running as good for you, they choose to only acknowledge how it is bad for you. Also, running and Crossfit could both be proven to be bad for you – but only if you aren’t using proper form and caution.

    I have come to realize the criticism and negativity really only comes from those who are ignorant on the topic and I try my hardest to ignore it. There should never be this outcry against any sort of workout. As far as I’m concerned, any workout is a good workout!

  73. says

    You’re not wrong, but man do you have the wrong attitude.

    Erin made it very clear that she was only expressing an opinion, just as you now are expressing an opinion.

    She didn’t single anyone out and personally attack – just shared her thoughts.

    And, really, if you love what you do then what do you care what others have to say about it?

  74. Char says

    I had plantar fasciitis from running. After trying everything under the sun to fix it, my orthopedic surgeon finally told me to have surgery or stop running. That’s when I quit running and started CrossFit.

    In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what exercise you do as long as you do it. In addition, you should only do what your body can handle. Know when to scale your workouts to avoid injuries. I don’t try to deadlift 400#, do 300 wall balls, or run 10 miles…but there are people who can and do.

    I really do love CrossFit: the community, feeling accomplished for hitting a new PR, or just finishing a WOD.

    Char :)

  75. Dave says

    I think my biggest issue with Erin’s article is that she is so patently dishonest in her presentation. Has anyone seen a picture of Ms. Simmons? She is legitimately in great shape. She has a rock hard 6 pack in most of the pictures Ive seen of her. My assumption as a person, forget coach or long time crossfitter is that this woman has at least SOME concept of fitness and working out. You simply can not achieve the body she has without some fitness knowledge. I dont know what box she went to where she received less than stellar instruction, but to be honest, I dont think I would take 10 minutes to explain the deadlift to her. Seriously. I would reiterate the basic instruction and performance points that I want to see hit, and then let her go at it. Why? Again, look at the woman! She is in amazing shape! She CLEARLY knows basic movements like the deadlift and I feel it would be a disservice to her to spend a bunch of time with someone who already knows what they are doing. Again, Id review the performance points, like we do EVERYDAY and Id let her do her thing. Now, if she failed to execute correctly, I would stop her and make changes, but I dont think that my initial assumption of her skill set is out of line. Additionally, Id bet dollars to grass fed beef that when she went in for the first time, they asked 1) have you ever done crossfit? 2) if not, what have you been doing as a workout and to stay in shape? Id double down on that bet that she responded by rattling off her “credentials” as a self proclaimed “expert” and probably pumped them up a bit too. She isnt just a “fitness model” she is/was probably a trainer and former collegiate athlete. Im sure those came up in her initial discussion.

    I get the feeling from her article that she went in WANTING to dislike crossfit because it takes food out of her mouth. Most of the people I know that are super anti-CF are mid-level and less than great personal trainers. These are the guys getting hurt the most in the pocketbook. At $200 a month for unlimited CF classes in my area, you could instead get between 4 and 7, 30 minute training sessions with a Globogym professional. As expensive as CF is, its still cheaper than hiring a top shelf personal trainer for an hour, 5 days a week. She got exactly what she wanted out of the experience.

    The only person who knows everything that went on the day she tried CF is Ms Simmons. And she clearly isnt telling us everything. I want to know what she told them her experience was. Did she go to a box owned by a friend? Someone who knows her fitness prowess already? Did she get an unofficial introduction through a friend for free or did she go in an actual onramp intro class? There are just too many missing pieces of information from her for me to believe she did a legitimate beginner’s experience with CF. Could she have? Of course, but I dont believe that she did.

    And then there is her youtube page that people found… Where her form was awful and didnt score a single rep on a single box jump. Other people have said and I agree. If thats how I was taught to “crossfit,” Id probably hate it too. Then the picture on facebook where she has a 4 round “circuit” that was something like 10 pull ups, 60 sec plank, 10 cleans, 60 sec plank and 10 push presses. This was followed by the instructions “To be done for time.” The picture contradicts the entirety of her issues with crossfit as she basically made her own CF styled workout. Things like doing complex lifts for time and high reps. I kind of want to video myself doing “Simmons for time” and post it up on her page.

  76. lourdes says

    I started doing CF because of my brother. For about a year, I would see all his posts and think that looks fun. But I’m a big girl and I thought I couldn’t do it. I thought you’d have to be fit to do CF. A few months ago I hurt my back horribly. I could barely walk or sleep from the pain. After a ton of medicine and injections I finally went to see a chiropractor who happened to be a CF coach. I didn’t know this last part. In my second session we talked about my interest on CF and how I felt about it. He told me I was ever so wrong. He knew I was scared and went with me the first day. After doing CF for a little over a month I had no more pain, my mobility and flexibility was back 100% and I have lost weight but I am stronger than ever. I hate exercise with a passion because I feel like I am pressured into keeping up with everyone else and end up feeling ashamed because I can’t keep up with the rest so I stop. But at my box I feel encouraged and listened to. I’m not competing with anyone but myself, yet I have 10 cheer leaders around me genuinely happy for my accomplishments. My awesome coaches do not push me to do anything and even sometimes stop me if they think I’m over doing it. The rest of the people are always there to support everyone and no one leaves the floor until everyone has finished their WOD.

    I know there are bad coaches out there and boxes that look more like a meathead clubhouse but then again most regular gyms are filled with skinny bitches hugging the treadmills and laughing at the people that aren’t already perfect or runners at the track that get mad when they have to weave around the walkers. However, my sister LOVES cardio at the gym and Zuma and I have a friend, that was also a big girl, and she got into running/marathons. She has lost a lot of weight and I am so very proud of her for finding what she loves. So you can’t judge a workout system just for the few people that give it a bad rep.

    • says

      Thanks for the comment! I only know the positive side of a CF box, like what you shared. I am encouraged by cheerleaders like you. Somedays I get to be the cheerleader, which is awesome! My coaches also know how to properly push and when/how to correct or halt someone that is doing incorrect. Of course, any organization has its bad few that cast a shadow for the entire group. I just hope these rotten few will start to fade from the presentation of what CrossFit is. Keep up all the good work!

  77. Robin says

    I just started at a box. They’re starting me out very slowly. It’s safe, I’m out of shape, so I don’t mind. I still don’t know what a FRAN is. Lol

    Yes, there will always be naysayers. Several years ago I worked out 6 hours a day, six days a week. People told me I was crazy, but my bones were strong, my immune system was solid.

    During that time I got into hot yoga. Eventually my career took over and hot yoga was all I can do. It’s all I needed and wanted at the time. Everyone told me I was crazy! Doing two, back-to-back classes, six days a week it nuts! Yeah, but I was fit, healthy and HAPPY! people said it was dangerous. What sport isn’t? Ballet dancing is the most dangerous thing out there! Try telling a ballerina to quit! Fierce!

    Because of my obsessive yoga workouts I can work a 12 hour shift in a busy ER and not experience fatigue or pain. None of my coworkers can say the same. I’m looking forward to my first FRAN. I’m glad my coaches are going easy on me but I’m ready to explode!

  78. Jess says

    I agree with all of this, but unless the chickens are overthrowing their government, it should be “chicken coop” not “chicken coup.”

  79. Brandon says

    I’m a runner. In a similar manner to how people seem to bash CF, all I usually hear from non-runners is “aren’t you worried about your knees?”, “running is so bad for your knees”, “I’ll only run if something is chasing me”…and don’t get me started on the mocking 0.0 stickers I see more and more frequently on running haters’ cars. If they took 5 minutes to do some real research people would understand that all the science points to running actually being beneficial to the knees over the long-term. Sure people will have injuries; that’s a given possibility any time you put forth the effort to exercise. I had a bad case of ITBS and a partially torn meniscus. It wasn’t because that’s just what happens when you run…it was because I was running across the same banked surface day after day and after logging 40-50 mile weeks the stress of those uneven foot-falls resulted in an injury that could have easily been avoided had I taken a few moments to think or to find a different place to run. I liken my experiences with running haters to what CFers are dealing with now. It’s new, it’s different, and on occasion people get hurt…so it must be the worst thing ever…so let’s bash it. Whatever a person chooses to do is their decision. Why put forth the energy to be negative? If you don’t like it that’s fine, but don’t bash the people who do.

  80. PCamp says

    I also started in the original gym with Greg and at the time it was perfect for me. CF was something I did and something I strived for – trying to beat my own time and cheering others on. It reminded me so much of being on a team sport again where everyone ultimately wants you to succeed. I did CF for about 2 years and it really changed the way I worked out and the way I still work out. I do similar CF workouts all the time and have adapted my own workouts to include the similar movements that I was trained to do and have included more flexibility and gymnastics/acrobatics in it. I stopped CF for a couple reasons though and here they are:

    1) the cost: I get it, gyms are expensive and they have high insurance policies so they have to charge a lot. But CF is one of the most expensive gyms I have ever seen. I know there are more pricy gyms out there and I don’t go to those either, but CF has a lot to do with using your own body weight as resistance. So I realized that as long as I have a pull up bar, medicine ball, and a mat I can go to any playground at an elementary school and do a crossfit work out. Also in my own home I can do resistance training. Yes I don’t have that cheer squad, but I can’t pay for that…it is just too expensive.
    2) Muscle definition: This is a preference thing on an individual level so I understand if others do not agree with me on this. I was already pretty fit when I started CF and then over time I was feeling pretty good and looking pretty nice…however at one point I looked in the mirror and muscles started to bulge. As a female, I love to look lean and fit; however, there is a point where I became masculine and bulky and that was not going to do. That is when I started to take a step back and realized where I wanted to be and after stepping back and scaling down my CF regime, my muscles started to look like me again.
    3) The explosion: So like I said, I started at the first CF and was pretty spoiled there because it was such a great gym. Over the years after I moved from Santa Cruz, CF exploded and became everywhere and everyone did it…my little club or group was not just mine anymore. I did classes all over the place and yes some were good and some were not so good. In particular, this one where it called itself a CF gym, but it was where people just walked around in skimpy little gym clothes and hit on each other…so not a CF gym in theory. Anyone could go in at any time and do whatever they wanted and there were mirrors everywhere for people to admire themselves in. This gym was horrible…and not what CF was about at all. This gym used the name to benefit themselves and it was working for them and they were raking in the money. I met people that would go there and they would say “oh I am a cross fit member”…and it really upset me because I knew what CF was really about. I know this isn’t the fault of CF, but ultimately there are posers out there that will give CF a bad name. It doesn’t seem regulated and ultimately I understand if they don’t want to regulate it. However, one bad apple can ruin the bunch and this gym put such a sour taste in my mouth that I haven’t gone back to CF since.

    This being said, I am thankful that I started with CF. It really has changed how I workout and my regime that I now have, although I don’t go anymore. My mobility and strength is quite astonishing with my current workouts and it all stems from similar movements that CF does and teaches. Yes I would like to see more flexibility training and sport activity in CF and then maybe I will consider going back…but for the time being what I am doing is working and I will give CF props for helping me get to this point.

    Thanks for reading!

    • says

      Thanks for reading my post and for your personal CF story!
      1) It is pricey, and I agree with everything you said. You can DO the workouts at home, most of the time with minimal equipment. You don’t get a coach and you don’t get cheerleaders. For me, at my level, those two things justify the price. Two years down the line, who knows.
      2) I’m a guy, I like all the muscles! Keep them coming. =)
      3) This is probably the biggest issue CrossFit needs to strategize for, the explosion. With so many boxes popping up, the market can easily become saturated. There is the chance for more poor coaches per capita. Surely CFHQ is smart enough to anticipate this and have a plan in the works. I understand it might be changing their business model slightly, but everyone has to change to survive.

      Even if you aren’t CrossFitting anymore, I hope you’ll stop back by and maybe my posts will bring memories of you in similar situations to mind and you can share them!

  81. Sam says

    First time I have read your blog and I am instantly a fan. I crossfit, I love it, and I share the same sentiments about Crossfit-Hate articles. Keep up the solid work!

  82. Bilal says

    Very well put. Dave Castro said it once, no one test fitness like we do. Anybody can go and lift heavy weights, but not too many can lift heavy weights with high heart rate, like CrossFitters do.

    Jason Khalipa also said, us CrossFitters will probably never win weight lifting competitions or marathons, but we can lift heavy, do intense cardio, AND look good all at the same time.

    No other forms of training pushes you to compete with people you like in such a smart manner. I love everyone at my box, but I want to beat their score every time!

    Chris, you hit the nail on this one. Great article, good man, and mad love for your work.

  83. says

    This will be my second full week doing Crossfit and in this short time I’ve already read and received comments from people about how dangerous Crossfit is. However, at the box I’m at I’m not worried about getting hurt. The coaches at my box are right there beside us, watching us the entire time to make sure we are doing the moves with proper form. On Saturday we were finding our back squat max and my squat form wasn’t where it needed to be. I could have easily squatted more weight, but my coach wants me to improve my squat form before I go up in weight. And I have never looked forward so much to working out. It’s only been a little over a week and I have fallen in love with Crossfit. The people at my box are so friendly and supportive and I enjoy working out with them. Thank you so much for this article!
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    • says

      Great! Love to hear that your coaches are indeed good ones and care about you! Even more, I love that you love what I love! I hope your CrossFit enthusiasm continues. And now I have a new blog to go check out… yours! =)

  84. says

    Thanks for the article Chris. I’ve stopped talking to people about CrossFit. Does that sound like I am pushing against the culture? Hope not. Every adult I talk to has either not heard of CrossFit (and it shows) or has heard of CrossFit from another CrossFit “undoer” and of course they know from someone who knows from someone who knows from someone that someone died as a result of CrossFit or been sent to the hospital from doing CrossFit or been struck by lightning during CrossFit… I look at it this way. CrossFit opened the door to real training for me. I got inspired to read more books, listen to more good coaches on more fitness related subjects, and constantly look for more correct ways to do and coach the exercises. Sound familiar. I’m sure it’s a wide area of interest among coaches who understand that customer service is as important as exercise programming and technique.

    The best response to the negatives is simply take of your shirt. “If CrossFit is so dangerous then how the hell did I get to look like this?” Oh and BTW. I personally love the comment from the non-trainee-expert that they have a friend who does CrossFit and he/she said that “CrossFit kicked my ass…” I know it’s a groupie thing to tell everyone but I hate the comment. My response, if this is your first attempt ever to exercise for real then I can see how that might happen. I think differently. I do CrossFit so I can kick ass!

    Call me anytime. I’d love to know you and find out more about your experiences running your gym.
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  85. says

    This is awesome! I’ve never tried Cross Fit (however, I would love to) but I do run and I couldn’t agree more with you! Why bash something people love?! You do you, I do me. The end! Nice work!

  86. says

    I was a runner in college. I had a horrible trainer/coach. Thank God I did not judge that situation by that one coach. I had shin splints and a few other issues. CrossFit is not really a cult. It is just something some of us love. I have had addictions in my life and this particular “addiction” will not end my life as a matter of fact it will add years to my life. I do CrossFit so that I can torment my love ones a few years more. FYI, I got hurt walking down the stairs so I guess according to these goons that we shouldn’t walk either. Maybe we can get those floaty chairs from Wall-E.

  87. says

    For starters, I’m not a CrossFitter. I lift, and love it, but CF just has never appealed to me. I have noticed the way it seems to divide people though. I was at the gym the other day and resting between sets there was a couple of trainers going on and on and on about all the negatives things you hear about CF.

    Just seemed ridiculous to me. Given how many people are happy to just sit on the couch and do NOTHING these days I hate how people in the fitness/weight lifting community feel like we have to choose sides.

    I choose side barbell.

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  88. says

    Thank you for this! My hubby and I just recently started CF. (ok.. like 2 days in so far)…. At my highest weight I was 500lbs. At first I was obsessed with the sport of bodybuilding because their bodies seemed to be completely opposite of mine. With that said, I have lost a total of 280lbs so far with diet and exercise. But I hit a plateau.. as most people do. I needed to be challenged, pushed harder.. and needed motivation. There are sports out there (not mentioning any specifically) that judge me because I wasnt 8% body fat, or I had a little extra skin, or cellulite, or didnt have a perfect 6/8pack abs…judged, or no way could you ever “compete”… and in only 2 days.. and STILL needing to lose over 60lbs… I have been embraced in the CF family, motivated, cheered on and NEVER judge because on day 2 I still have limitations.. and well lets face it.. toes to bar or pullups right now seems impossible, but have been given mod’s and still cheered on! ITS AWESOME! This sport isnt JUST for the super athletes… its for all shapes, all sizes, all ages….best part anyone can do it… if you have the drive and will to better YOURSELF… right now… I am competing with me, myself and I… and maybe…someday… I will compete against others in a competition… until then.. I am NOT going to let the bear crawl beat me!!

    Thanks for this article! IT WAS AWESOME!!!

    • says

      Awesome comment, you made my evening! =)

      I’m almost at my half year anniversary and I still get more beat by the WODs than me beating them. I get humbled and frustrated a lot, because in my mind I feel like I should be doing better. But still, people are cheering me on. Some athletes that finish before me will do extra reps with me to help push me to completion. It really is awesome, just like you said. I’m so glad you have been embraced and feel comfortable at your box! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! =)

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