Here’s the thing, I understand everyone has a right to their own opinion, and everyone thinks their opinion is correct, but when it comes to how someone chooses to exercise, get fit and overall healthier, why bash how they do it? For me, that path was Crossfit.
I have NEVER been a physical person. I have always been the slightly above mediocre guy in everything I do. Never good, never bad. Solid “C” guy right here, and that includes sports, playing music, writing, singing, school work, using my hands, riding a motorcycle, whatever. When I moved to Los Angeles from New York, I was having trouble getting healthy on account of just eating the shit out of everything. LA has great food and I intended to try everything. I also fell into a sort of depression, feeling completely lost and useless at my job. I was looking into gyms and possibly even boxing when I somehow stumbled upon a Crossfit gym in my area called Crossfit Merge. Here is why I took notice:
1) The people in the photos and the coaches did not seem like giant meathead/douchers that I hate. (keep in mind, I was not a sports guy in school, so meatheads bother the shit out of me)
2) The gym was really close to me and had great reviews
3) After reading up on Crossfit, it seemed like it was a great fit for me. Hard, varying movements and functional. Not just curling in a mirror and leg pressing all day.
After my intro class, I was convinced to come back and sign up for 2 days a week. Fast-forward about a year and my girlfriend joins with me at 4 days a week. So why do I like it?
Crossfit allows me to be as mediocre as I want. That doesn’t mean I don’t try hard and have shitty form. It means that if I can’t lift over 200lbs over my head, thats cool, because other people in my class can’t either. But MAYBE in the next class, we run 400m sprints, and I happen to get the best times. Hooray, brief victory for the average joe. I also have learned how to respond to my body a lot better. If I was going to a 24 hour fitness but felt shitty from eating bad food, I could just sit down and do curls all day and be like “yea dude, I lifted today.” If I show up to Crossfit after eating pizza and soda for lunch, I will puke. There is no way around that other than eating better. Am I training to be a pro? No. Am I trying to be fucking Captain America? No, but that would rule. I’m “training” to be strong and healthy for me.
All of that being said, here are common complaints about Crossfit:
“You guys shouldn’t do Olympic lifts, you don’t know how and you will hurt yourself" Correct, we don’t know how, which is why we have a coach to teach this. That’s how it works, you get a coach from your gym who knows what they’re doing and you slowly learn the movement.
“Everyone just gets hurt in Crossfit" News flash, everyone gets hurt in all sports. Running, Football, riding a bike. Since Crossfit is new, people are really focusing on the "getting hurt" part. The bottom line is, people in Crossfit push themselves, sometimes too hard, and things happen. Just like football has an injured list, just like runners fracture their feet etc. Know your limits, pay attention to form, and you will be ok.
“Everyone acts like their in a cult and only talk about Crossfit" Partially true, but when you go to a Crossfit gym, its a group of people that most likely hang out all the time and talk about what? Crossfit. Some people have their Fantasy Football, some people have food, some people have music. We have Crossfit and we’re excited about it.
“Kipping pull-ups aren’t real pull-ups" When I started Crossfit, I could barely do 1 or 2 pull ups. I can do about 12+ strict pull ups now which is huge for me. That came from practicing them and also kipping pull-ups building strength. If you don’t like them, don’t do them?
“I watched a video/visited a gym and the coaches seemed like they had NO idea what they were doing" Well, yea. There are probably people out there as coaches who are basically faking it, leading to people getting hurt. So do your research, try out a few gyms and find a good one. Would you keep going to a personal trainer if they were overweight and telling you shit you know isn’t right? The correct gym and coach can make a huge difference.
There are tons more, but my point here is, Crossfit is best for me because it satisfies the needs of the average Joes, like myself. I’m nothing special, I will never be a star athlete, I will never be best. But at Crossfit, that’s fine. It’s not a pissing contest, it’s you against yourself and that’s it.
I’m here to say, Crossfit has turned this consistently mediocre person into a consistently inconsistent decent physical human being but I’m stoked on that.