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by NIKKI WILMOTH
The universal benefits of CrossFit are no secret.
Box walls are packed tightly with men and women from all ages and walks of life who have heard about the teachings — I mean, benefits — of this comprehensive system of elite fitness. What brings them inside are the aspirations of becoming strong, fit and healthy.
CrossFit has a darker side, however, of which you might not be aware; before you make up your mind about joining the ranks, let’s take a look at the top reasons why one should think twice before getting involved.
1. You will become a clone.
[Y]ou will likely begin to select your daily appearance based upon box fodder, carefully choosing outside-of-gym clothing so that it eases into your WOD clothing.
From the cute bun loosely fastened at the back of your head and covered with an obnoxiously-colored super wide headband to the overtly fuzzy puff of facial hair trying to launch itself from your chin all the way down to the trendy, colorful and expensive ZERO shoes guaranteed to make you lift better, it is almost a certainty that you will be assimilated into a culture of Borg-like creatures. In fact, you will likely begin to select your daily appearance based upon box fodder, carefully choosing outside-of-gym clothing so that it eases into your WOD clothing. Lifting shoes, headbands, popular brand-name bun huggers and capris, tanks sporting images of barbells, kettlebells, skulls, American Flags — all with cute innuendos talking about popular lifts or movements — knee sleeves, gloves, socks …they all begin to look alike. If you value your individuality and those things that make you special, this may not be for you!
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