by nwilmoth | March 28, 2016 2:00 am
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.
I’m just going to say that if you enjoy speaking words of familiarity and customary to your native tongue, you may not be ready for this endeavor. Not only will you become proficient in terms like WOD, snatch, metcon, leaderboard, Paleo, PR, rolling, and other box-specific words, but also you will find yourself engaged in conversations on these topics ad nauseum no matter your whereabouts! Everything you see and do will revolve around this new language and all it encompasses.
If you enjoy eating in a way that YOU enjoy, you may find yourself “in the closet” with your old habits. Box fodder often rave about their “pre-” and “post-” WOD proprietary blends, multi-level marketing elixirs, special bars, powders and shakes, and amazing one-of-a-kind Paleo muffins. Oh yeah, and bacon. This gets so overwhelming at times that one may simply slither away to their car after a WOD, eating their 2/$2 protein bars and coconut water in secrecy.
If you don’t want the topic of conversation to be about everything CrossFit, don’t get involved. Period.
Every decision you make revolves around the box’s schedule, class times, open gym, competitions, OLY and hanging out with your new “cult.” Your box peers will begin to term you a “traitor” if you do something with your real family such as hiking or camping. Hell, even hanging out and watching movies all weekend with your fam is reason enough for the upper echelon to initiate the “launch” sequence! A life outside of CrossFit is not commonly held as reasonable and customary. If you have a life and want to continue having a life, stepping into this fire may get you burned.
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