Why are people doing CrossFit?

Original Post – May 29th, 2014

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I am a man that needs no introduction (smack!!! – the sound of my wife’s hand on the back of my head).

Okay, I am a chiropractic physician with a master’s in sports science and rehabilitation; three sport athlete in high school, football in college.  I’ve been a member of at least 1 CrossFit gym for the last 4 years and consulted for multiple gyms in the St. Louis, Kansas City, and Omaha area for the last 3 years.

A recent article was written by Erin Simmons entitled “Why I Don’t Do CrossFit.”  Many of you have already read this and arrived at the same conclusion – mostly crap, but some truths which are being organically identified and continuously addressed for several years within a libertarian-spirited, free-market system.  A well written response has already emerged – A Response.

There is no need for me to reiterate or expand, though I most certainly could.  Instead I will provide a few reasons why more and more people are doing CrossFit:

  1. It is fun
  2. It identifies strength and capabilities without discrimination
  3. It identifies weaknesses and incapabilities without discrimination
  4. It is infinitely scalable by both coach and athlete
  5. It is infinitely progress-able by both coach and athlete
  6. It attracts active and vibrant people
  7. It is fun

I also think it important to admit that CrossFit is not for everyone.  Not because Crossfit is limited, but because some character flaws will limit progression and success within CrossFit.  A few of these flaws are as follows:

  1. Limited ability to exercise patience
  2. Limited willingness to listen and/or learn
  3. Limited experience with struggle
  4. Limited experience with delayed gratification (see #1)
  5. Limited capability to except personal responsibility
  6. Limited experience with handling adversity

The sport and trend are growing.  Both of which are good things for those who naturally thrive and those who want to.

Good Luck and Keep Moving


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