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View from the Outside

By Marcus | In Uncategorized | on September 12, 2011

To the outside world, CrossFitters are a weird bunch. One of our members told me she was recently showing off some freshly-earned bruises at a wedding. I’m sure it sparked quite an interesting conversation on how they happened as well as what kind of workouts we do here.

It also can vary on what people have read about CrossFit as some sources are kinder than others in their review of the program. Take for example the NY Times. In 2005, they wrote a rather scathing writeup that made it sound like our workouts are a prescription for death.  Oddly enough, a scant three years later, one of their writers for the NY Times Magazine started doing CrossFit herself and became quite a convert. Her article was much more positive than the original.

I’m curious what your experiences have been. When your friends and family ask about your workouts, do you have an elevator speech ready or have one of them read a good or bad article about CrossFit and approached you?

WOD 09.12.11

Clean (or Power Clean + Front Squat) 3-3-3

Then, 4 rounds for time:

  • 12 KB C&J
  • 30 Double Unders
  • 12 Squats

5 Comments to "View from the Outside"

  • Mark Miller (M^2) says:

    September 12, 2011 at 10:04 AM -

    I always get a little worried what the random strangers think when they see the bruises on my wife’s clavicles from cleans or thrusters.

    I have an issue with what is stated in the 1st sentence of paragraph #5 of the ’05 NY Times article. “The emphasis is on speed and weight hoisted, not technique.” From what I’ve seen at the boxes I’ve worked out at, especially Intrepid, that the statement is false. Everyone preaches, “push but do not break yourself”.

  • laura says:

    September 12, 2011 at 10:25 AM -

    my friend’s husband got it in my boyfriend’s head that CF is a cult…and that is what he (jokingly) tells people before I can start to explain. I don’t have an elevator speech, instead it is a long, enthusiastic, choppy, direction-less ramble. From the outside, CF can be intimidating and my inability to eloquently and concisely explain probably doesnt help, but can be overlooked by my enthusiasm that definitely comes through when I talk about it.

  • Xuan says:

    September 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM -

    @M2..couldn’t agree with you more. If anything, I get in more trouble the Emperor and Mom for having bad form than anything other retarded thing I do at Intrepid.

    @Laura…I’ve had the same experience. But people usually stop making the snide comments and start asking more questions when they see the results and how excited I still am about it.

    Lastly…BIG UP’s to my boy Napoli for killing it on Saturday at NLI and dealing with all the adjustments in stride!! It was inspiring.

  • Scott says:

    September 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM -

    Got my ass kicked by Chief at Crossfit NRG tonight. Great workout and a really friendly, well-run box. I highly recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in Salt Lake City. And building on what M2 and Xuan said, just like at CFI, the trainer at NRG was all about checking people’s form before and during the WOD.

    My explanation of Crossfit totally varies on the situation and whether or not I actually want to talk to the person. My 30 second explanation is P90X with Olympic Lifts. That’s my dismissive way of answering the question and trying to get out of the conversation. If I actually want to talk to the person I usually get into a 10 minute rambling monologue that includes what we do, the amazing community at CFI, and how it’s totally changed my aptitude in everything I do every day.

  • CrossFit Intrepid » Intrepid in a Nutshell says:

    September 21, 2011 at 6:04 AM -

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