Why is CrossFit so popular?

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    Jun 23, 2014 1:59 AM GMT
    http://time.com/2890075/crossfits-primal-appeal/

    BEST SHORT EXPLANATION OF WHAT MAKES CROSSFIT WORK:

    "one group exercised at moderate intensity for 45 minutes on a stationary bike and the other group did high-intensity intervals for 20 minutes and burned the same number of calories, the high-intensity group lost nine times the fat."


    RESULTS + the focus on achieving strength is what makes CrossFit huge.
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    Jun 23, 2014 2:14 AM GMT
    A LOT OF TRUTH TO THIS TOO:

    "The second reason for CrossFitters’ passionate adherence is social. These gauntlets are run as a pack of between half a dozen and 20 people. Doing something physically intense and difficult binds a group of people. Military trainers have known this for thousands of years."
  • madsexy

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    Jun 23, 2014 11:49 AM GMT
    Amen brother!!! icon_biggrin.gif

    I do CrossFit twice a week and my regular gym workout four times a week. I'd probably do CrossFit all the time if it was more convenient and less expensive - I'm thinking about it. I LOVE the way I feel after CrossFit! My body loves it.

  • Jun 23, 2014 12:36 PM GMT
    cross fit is just manual labor for those that sit at a desk all day.


    I do it in my job dragging trees, rolling boulders up a hill and carrying heavy loads in a wheel barrow.
    And think someone would want to pay to do this?

    I think it is dumb
  • twentyfourhou...

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    Jun 23, 2014 1:40 PM GMT
    I do it because 1) I am competitive - I always try to beat everyone else, 2) I tend to push myself harder than if I were working out alone, 3) I am good at it - kind of vane but what the hell, 3) it provides a good balance between weight lifting more so than jogging, cycling, etc., 4) there is a lot of eye candy - no harm in that, 5) Despite my age, I still tend to be able to do more pushups, pull-ups, dumbbell movements than most and that makes me fell good (goes back to the being vane). I will say that some people find the competitive aspect a big turn-off. My partner came with me once and...............he did not talk to me for a few hours afterwards. He thinks those in my class are a bunch of arrogant $%$%$. I would prefer to do what Outdoormuscle....does but I live in the city and my line of work would get in the way.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 23, 2014 1:48 PM GMT
    I like the camaraderie with other people in the group, plus it's intense and not always easy, which pushes you. At the end, I always feel like I accomplished something good for myself both mentally and physically.
  • Android17

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    Jun 23, 2014 3:55 PM GMT
    Crossfit is more social, you can easily make friends.
  • Whipmagic

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    Jun 23, 2014 4:19 PM GMT
    For me: because it feels good. After my workout, I feel like I am exhausted, in a good way. I'm high on endorphines. And with a group of people I can relate to. So I feel alive, even when I'm completely burnt out.
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    Jun 23, 2014 5:48 PM GMT
    Android17 saidCrossfit is more social, you can easily make friends.


    This.
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    Jun 23, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
    I think the social aspect is what offends a lot of people. They can't help but "talk" about crossfit, and other people doing traditional weightlifting usually find socializing counter productive.

    I think of crossfit as another fitness class. It's only as good as the instructor.

    Traditional weightlifting can be more solitary and individual driven.. and that appeals to me more.
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    Jun 23, 2014 7:15 PM GMT
    OK, I have to admit it. I laugh at the CrossFit guys. Sure, some of them have great physiques. Sure, lots of bro-hugs and bro-cliques. That's hot. And whatever keeps them motivated (in a totally no-homo way).

    But our gym now stocks a fucking tractor tire. For pushing around the parking lot. Jesus Christ. Not another calf machine, like they desperately need. No, a fucking tractor tire. I've seen it outside once.

    All the trainers are in on CrossFit. No, they don't do it. They have their chubby clients do it.

    I noticed CrossFit started becoming popular right around the same time I noticed the trainers having their senior clients picking up a medicine ball and throwing it on the ground. I'm sure I've somehow conflated the two.

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  • RaggedyMan

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    Jun 23, 2014 8:19 PM GMT
    I do it cuz I was bored with my old routine. Also, because of the social aspect. I am competitive so working out with others helps me push myself to goals I dont think I could have achieve by myself.
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    Jun 23, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    But our gym now stocks a fucking tractor tire. For pushing around the parking lot. Jesus Christ. Not another calf machine, like they desperately need. No, a fucking tractor tire. I've seen it outside once.


    Cue gratuitous Tire Man pic.
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    Jun 24, 2014 12:16 AM GMT
    I'm afraid that CrossFit will be way too intense for me (especially with my tricky back) and probably more than I can afford currently.
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    Jun 24, 2014 1:01 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidI'm afraid that CrossFit will be way too intense for me (especially with my tricky back) and probably more than I can afford currently.


    I have a torn disc in my lower back, but CrossFit has made me (almost) pain free. I can now go for several weeks and sometimes months without back pain, and that's something I haven't known since I was 14 years old. All the trainers at my box know about my back issues, so sometimes they will call me to the side and tell me they don't want me doing a particular exercise and they'll give me a substitution exercise instead.
  • blueandgold

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    Jun 24, 2014 1:03 AM GMT
    The OP's message cracks me up. The topic was posed as a question, as if he were asking for advice or insight. Nope, it was just him wanting to rant about why he loves CrossFit so much. hehehehehehe.

    In other words, answering your own question. Only there wasn't a question ever, really... despite the question mark.

    mind blown.

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    Jun 24, 2014 2:04 AM GMT
    Samintown saidA LOT OF TRUTH TO THIS TOO:

    "The second reason for CrossFitters’ passionate adherence is social. These gauntlets are run as a pack of between half a dozen and 20 people. Doing something physically intense and difficult binds a group of people. Military trainers have known this for thousands of years."


    I do find this aspect of CrossFit much more satisfying than my normal gym (where nobody looks each other in the eye let alone talk to each other).
  • madsexy

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    Jun 24, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI like the camaraderie with other people in the group, plus it's intense and not always easy, which pushes you. At the end, I always feel like I accomplished something good for myself both mentally and physically.

    Amen brother!
  • sd1040

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    Jun 24, 2014 4:38 AM GMT
    I go 4 times a week. The work outs are good, the staff are great. Despite all the "crossfit fails" and horror stories I've heard, I think they do a great job of ensuring proper form and they're not afraid to tell you to back off the weight.
    The sessions can be hit and miss though. Some are really good and the camaraderie in the group makes it enjoyable and intense. Hit the wrong session and you end up with the shirtless bros though, which is a bit too cliquey and annoying.
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    Jun 24, 2014 4:46 AM GMT
    I think I'm going to open a cross-fit gym. It seems very profitable. icon_biggrin.gif

  • Jun 24, 2014 11:12 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidOK, I have to admit it. I laugh at the CrossFit guys. Sure, some of them have great physiques. Sure, lots of bro-hugs and bro-cliques. That's hot. And whatever keeps them motivated (in a totally no-homo way).

    But our gym now stocks a fucking tractor tire. For pushing around the parking lot. Jesus Christ. Not another calf machine, like they desperately need. No, a fucking tractor tire. I've seen it outside once.

    All the trainers are in on CrossFit. No, they don't do it. They have their chubby clients do it.

    I noticed CrossFit started becoming popular right around the same time I noticed the trainers having their senior clients picking up a medicine ball and throwing it on the ground. I'm sure I've somehow conflated the two.

    Burpee-630x617.jpg


    A female cross fit trainer was flipping a tractor tire around my gym. The impact caused the mirrors to come off the wall
    told her what was happening
    reported the bitch to club NYSC CEO and legal.

    No more flipping tires lol
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    Jun 24, 2014 4:02 PM GMT
    Why people hate CrossFit --> https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/why-do-people-hate-crossfit-6d606a0b7d31
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    Jun 24, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidWhy people hate CrossFit --> https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/why-do-people-hate-crossfit-6d606a0b7d31

    SO TRUE . . .

    And I hasten to quote -
    Now a few months in, I’m beginning to be exposed to the world of CrossFit, including vitriolic internet trolls, exercise “scientists” whose apparent mission is to (unsuccessfully) discredit CrossFit’s methodologies, and even former sponsors (!) who now actively attempt to undermine a fitness revolution that has hundreds of thousands of people around the world taking control of their health in a way not yet seen on such a mass scale.

    *Note that none of these experts or critics seem to attack races where people dress up in costume and jump over a miniature flaming log.

    We have ALL of the first paragraph right here on RJ!!! icon_sad.gif And I bet if I figured out how to make the RJ search function work right I'd find the second paragraph IS represented here on RJ! icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 24, 2014 7:24 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI think I'm going to open a cross-fit gym. It seems very profitable. icon_biggrin.gif


    Not as profitable as you might think. I think it takes a really long time to build up that client base. The problem is that many other gyms depend on you not going to the gym while many CrossFit affiliates really push you to keep coming so they are a lot more resource constrained and tend to pay out more in payroll (I don't think I've ever seen the ratio of trainers to members at the gym greater than 10:1 and it's generally in the 4-6:1) even if capital costs are lower.

    One example is that if I miss 4-5 days, I actually get a call. If I don't pick up, they send me an email asking me if everything is ok, and whether I need to put my membership on hold.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/crossfit/comments/17px4i/question_how_profitable_are_cf_boxes_anyway/
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    Jun 24, 2014 11:38 PM GMT
    "many other gyms depend on you not going to the gym while many CrossFit affiliates really push you to keep coming "

    Too many gym customers actually appreciate not being nagged to work out. They get the ego boost of having a gym membership and even if they rarely use it, it's worth the $30+/month to think of themselves as a fit person.

    Gyms like LAFitness know this. They will never call you, UNLESS you try to cancel your 2-year membership.