As you may know, I’m a CrossFitter…and I love it! I CrossFit because it works for me and makes me feel great. It’s constantly varied, always challenging, and serves my competitive needs. I don’t compete, I don’t wear knee socks, and I can’t do a pull-up unassisted, but I still claim myself as a CrossFitter. Yeah, there are a lot of people that do CrossFit that get pretty intense about it! It’s cult-like in nature, just because of the mindset and intensity…and it can really draw a person in. I’ve heard many stories of people whose lives have been transformed by their new-found addiction to CrossFit. Cool? I think so.
But, what this means is for every person that loves CrossFit, there’s a critic out there. I’ll get into why people think they need to be critical in the first place later, but for now I want to address the two major criticisms that I see of CrossFit:
– It’s not a real sport
– People get hurt too easily
Okay, let’s discuss…
– CrossFit isn’t a real sport: who ever said it had to be??? Sure, baseball and football are cool and all, but is riding the elliptical and doing a Zoomba class at the gym considered a sport? Not last time I looked, but nobody’s making fun of ellipticals. I’ve seen and heard discussions where people call it “CrossShit” and say that we’re training for a non-existent goal. If training for a goal of being healthy and fit isn’t enough, then I don’t know what is! If curling can be in the Olympics, then CrossFit can be a sport! Now, go mind your own business and stop worrying about what is and isn’t a sport!
– People get hurt too easily: I think probably the biggest criticism that I’ve heard is that in CrossFit there isn’t enough training on form and personal attention by trainers, leading to injury. As far as I’m concerned, this goes back to personal accountability. I know my body, I know what I can and can’t do, and it’s my job to pay attention to that. If I don’t know how to do a deadlift properly, I’m not going to just go and grab a heavy bar and start hauling weight! That would be stupid! And if I go check out a CrossFit box and the trainers aren’t into showing proper form, then I’m going to go find a box where the trainers do! It’s my responsibility to take care of my body, not anybody else’s! Oh, and by the way…those are likely the same people that go to the gym, load up a bench press bar too heavy and then proceed to lift it without asking for a spotter.
So, what’s the moral of this story? It’s that no matter what you do, there will always be critics. It’s human nature to want to put down things that we either don’t understand or feel less than. It’s okay…let them criticize and put CrossFit down; at least you’re out there doing it, right??? Whether it’s a sport or not, whether you wear knee socks or Zoomba pants, just get out there and DO whatever it is that floats your boat.