Crossfit: Cool and Exciting Alternative to "The Gym", or Douchy and Cultist Fad from Satan?

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    Feb 10, 2014 9:02 PM GMT
    WARNING TL;DR post, but because I 1) wanted to share my first CrossFit experience; and, 2) I want to learn about the perspectives of others who DO CrossFit.

    Also, if you have tried CrossFit and no longer do CrossFit, I'd be interested in learning your thougts as well.

    Finally, if you have never done CrossFit and have no real world experience with the fitness concept, please do us all a favor and STFU. Thank you!

    Let's begin...

    "My First Visit to CrossFit"
    Recently, I visited my friend and her husband and remarked how great they looked. They had lost weight, their muscle tone looked fab. I was (I'll admit) at bit jelly at how good they were looking. They mentioned that they were going to CrossFit.

    So, one night we were referring to "guns" (not the firearm type, but the bicep/tricep shoulder type), and she invited me to go to CrossFit with her. I was a little hesitant and scared (because I was a high school scrawny wimp and have some deep emotional scarring to this day), but took a deep breath and said, "Sure."

    Well, I went for the very first time to City Place CrossFit in West Palm Beach, had a kick ass workout that really kicked my ass, had a lot of fun learning some new exercises, and meeting a class full of friendly people. It was also nice that the coaches (two married couples) were smoking hot and filled my imagination with just how hot the sex between them must be.

    I left the City Place CrossFit feeling more "pushed" by a new high-intensity workout, more welcome by both participants and coaches than my ordinary gym, and that wonderful DOMS (for days) that comes from switching up my workout and strengthening my body in ways my traditional gym does not do. Also, my traditional gym is kind of boring and nobody talks to each other. Rooms full of people, but nobody even acknowledges each other. icon_sad.gif

    "The controversy about CrossFit"
    I had heard about controversy about CrossFit, and my first experience gave me insight as to why the controversy exists. The kinds of exercises, the perception of "cult" which exists when people interact and urge each other to strive for personal best, the publication of information about injuries.

    Here's an article which discussses the controversy: CrossFit debate not going away

    "Request for Comment - Those Active in CrossFit"
    For those of you who have tried, or do CrossFit, what are some of your observations on what I have mentioned. I feel like there are some aspects of CrossFit which I would like to incorporate into my fitness lifestyle, but there are some movements and exercises which my gut tells me to avoid.

    Do you think you can "pick and choose" what aspects of CrossFit you want to do with out the group/peer pressure to "do it all and do it to the max"?

    For thos who still do CrossFit, what have some of your own experiences in discovering and adopting Crossfit into your fitness lifestyle?

    "Request for Comment - Those no longer active in CrossFit"

    Why did you stop? What are your comments in retrospect? What did you like? What didn't you like? How could it attract you back (if it could)?

    Thanks to the community for suffering through this long post. I'm attempting to educate myself on CrossFit because as I returned to my regular gym this week, it felt "boring" and it was hard to achieve that "high-intensity-the-workout-kicked-my-ass" feeling that I'm now craving again.

    Aloha and Be Well!

  • MikeW

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    Feb 10, 2014 9:11 PM GMT
    Your link won't work because you have "hred" instead of "href" in the html tag.
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    Feb 10, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    My only issue with Cross fit is the lack of focus on form.

    The specific exercises they do are all fine (at least from my experience) but the utter lack of correct form drives me bonkers.

    I'll admit it I'm anal retentive about form it needs to be right every time even if your exhausted and if you can't move the weights correctly anymore don't do the exercise (there is a small small absolutely tiny room for cheating depending on the situation)

    The focus is on reps reps reps reps when really it should at least in my few be form form form then reps.

    Also for some people the amount of overhead work they get them to do is a little iffy.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 10, 2014 10:00 PM GMT
    When I think of cross fit, I think of Romper Room
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    Feb 10, 2014 10:36 PM GMT
    MikeW saidYour link won't work because you have "hred" instead of "href" in the html tag.
    Fixed. Thanks, Mike!
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    Feb 11, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    OP loves crossfit and is looking for others that love it too. icon_wink.gif