The cult of crossfit

Have you ever wondered, why do “crossfitters” sit back and think that they are the second coming of the fitness revolution? Well, if so, you’re not the only one.

Now, before we get to the fun part, let’s acknowledge one thing first and foremost: Crossfit can work wonders. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the concepts of crossfit. The movements and the basics are on par with good old fashioned weight lifting and conditioning. The problems arise when we look at some of the men and women who label themselves as “crossfitters.” The combination of their zealotry and arrogance tends to, not only rub people the wrong way, but get them hurt in the process.

By now we have all come to terms with the fact that crossfit isn’t going anywhere. The gyms are relatively cheap to open, since you only need a warehouse space and some free weights, and it is the latest in a series of pop culture friendly work out lifestyles, which means that its roots are sunk in deep already. The primary issues are two fold. First and foremost, there are numerous records of injuries, due primarily to poor form or incorrect gauging of weights. The secondary issue comes from the outright ignorance and fool hardy hubris of some of these fitness “practitioners”.

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who is so completely convinced that they are in the right and you are in the wrong? Regardless of what empirical evidence you may have, they refuse to be swayed from their single minded opinions. This type of heated debate tends to come when discussing politics, religion, and now fitness. Trying to argue the merits of crossfit with a devout practitioner is akin to having an argument with a member of the Westborough Baptist Church. Exposing the ludicrous “merits” of a kipping pull up is bound to start a heated, if not violent, discussion that may or may not end in shouts and tears.

If these fitness pariahs, so secure in the practical nature of their preferred form of exercise, were to keep their collective mouths shut then no one would care. Everyone has their own opinion and they are more than entitled to it. But when you sit back, completely content in your ignorance, and expect others to accept your opinion as gospel truth, there will be those who disagree with you. Especially when you accuse all “non-believers” of being horrendously out of shape and foolish when it comes to their health. People tend to take such talk with the most negative of emotions, and for good reason. Keep in mind, of course, that not all those who have chosen crossfit as their preference are bad people. The majority of them are tremendously content to go on with their fitness lives without harassing others about it. But, for the few who seem content to spread their ideology with vitriol and negative emotion, here is a nickels worth of free advice: Just shut up and accept that no one cares about you or your fancy pull-ups.