Crossfit Is Cultural Or Cult?

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    Aug 19, 2014 3:01 AM GMT

    NYT: CrossFit combines weight lifting, sprinting and gymnastics into ritualized routines that are posted each day at and on whiteboards at thousands of CrossFit affiliates. Most W.O.D.s, as the workouts of the day are called, last less than 20 minutes, but their intensity and lack of rest can acquaint even the ultrafit with CrossFit’s unofficial mascot, Pukey the Clown.

    What makes CrossFit appealing to members and confusing to outsiders is that it’s more than a workout — it’s a cultural identity. CrossFit doesn’t just transform bodies, it changes the way people think of themselves. Workouts are scaled according to ability, and effort counts as much as results. Everyone fights to finish. Everyone belongs.

    Small class sizes promote a sense of community that is missing at “globo-gyms,” the CrossFit epithet for chain fitness centers packed with cardio machines and individual headsets. The tribal nature of CrossFit and the “paleo” diet that many members adopt have led to cult comparisons.

    “Maybe it is a cult,” Mr. Glassman allows — one “where people get really fit and support each other.”
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    Aug 20, 2014 5:18 PM GMT
    There are worse cults one can join.
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    Aug 20, 2014 8:04 PM GMT
    Beats the Mormon cult.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Aug 21, 2014 6:45 AM GMT
    Who cares.
  • NYCAthlete

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    Aug 21, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    It's neither. It's exercise like spin class or Zoomba.
    People might die doing it, but that doesn't make it a cult; and thousands of people may partake in it, but that doesn't make it culture.
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    Aug 22, 2014 4:23 AM GMT
    It can a bit of both...

    You see both the obsessive fanatics who have come to believe any other type of exercising just won't cut it. But there are also those who are dialed back a bit and believe in the core idea of "peak physical fitness" that is supposed to come with crossfit. Plus, there are etiquette and language unique to the program that set it apart from other fitness regimens.

    This is the same as avid bodybuilders, marathoners, rock climbers, etc. We all build up these sub-cultures that can be taken to extremes by certain individuals. Crossfit is no different.
  • Trontastic

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    Aug 24, 2014 12:40 PM GMT
    So long as they don't ask you to sign up for a billion years on a boat, seems alright.
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    Aug 24, 2014 1:03 PM GMT
    Just to clear up some facts: To say the WOD's are only 20 minutes long is only partly true. Yes, the WOD's themselves are normally fairly short and are usually completed in under 30 minutes. This is because more and more research shows that shorter duration/higher intensity workouts yield greater benefits and results. However, the entire workout always lasts at least an hour, and some workouts (like a powerlifting class) can last 1.5 hours. I've had strongman classes that lasted almost 2 hours. What a lot of people don't understand is before we do our WOD, we have to warm up and do mobility exercises which in themselves can be incredibly exhausting. By the time we're ready to start our WOD, we're already breathing pretty heavy.