Aug 19, 2014 3:01 AM GMT
NYT: CrossFit combines weight lifting, sprinting and gymnastics into ritualized routines that are posted each day at CrossFit.com 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.”