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Why is Crossfit constantly being referred to as a ‘cult’?

Friday, 13 November 2015

I don’t know what possessed me, but I bought a copy of Women’s Health magazine the other day. If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I don’t buy magazines because I think they’re mostly full of rubbish that makes women feel insecure and inadequate.

This time I found an article about Crossfit and straight away I could tell it was not going to be a positive one:

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“Inside the cult of Crossfit”

The article was mostly about the Crossfit Games, a competition that takes place once a year in California. The competitors are the fittest Crossfitters from around the world and most of them have been competitive athletes beforehand, anything from weightlifters to gymnasts to hockey players.

The author seemed to think that what goes on at the Crossfit games, goes on at Crossfit boxes all all around the world. She talked about how dangerous it is to exercise that intensively.

Well, running a marathon at Mo Farah’s pace is probably dangerous to most people too. In fact playing sports of any kind with the best of the best ie professional athletes is dangerous to most people.

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While a decent account of what were the events at this year’s Crossfit games, the article makes Crossfit sound crazy and dangerous and definitely not fun or suitable for anyone who’s not crazy or into danger.

I think an article about the versatility and fun of Crossfit for anyone with any fitness level would have been so much better for the audience of Women’s Health.

I loved what one of my coaches said about Crossfit recently:

CrossFit is a back-yard, garage gym movement. It’s not about huge gyms with sauna’s and steam rooms, or flashy equipment that looks better than it functions. It’s not about lifting the most weight, the best ‘Fran’ time or washboard abs.

CrossFit is about getting together and training with your friends, it’s about pushing and supporting each other to grow regardless of the tasks and it’s about belonging to a group of people that make you laugh, smile and yes, sometimes cry.

Yes, it’s hard, but I’ve never seen anyone throw up or cry. Crossfitters are not crazy people, they don’t do dangerous things for the kick of it.

And last but not least – why on earth is Crossfit always referred to as a ‘cult’?

The word ‘cult’ has such negative connotations – it means a bunch of crazy people doing crazy things and it usually involves a figurehead that dominates the members and doesn’t let anyone leave or anyone who just wants to ‘dabble’ to enter.

That is completely not what Crossfit is like. I have never met a friendlier and funner and more optimistic bunch of people than the people I’ve met through Crossfit. Anyone new who walks in the door is greeted and all workouts are scaled to everyone’s fitness level – the goal is to get stronger and faster but most importantly – to have fun and enjoy what you’re doing.

The author made the cost of Crossfit also seem related to the cult thing – she reported it being so expensive that it’s not accessible to most people. Crossfit boxes have different membership prices (just like they have coaches and members of different quality) but I personally pay a monthly membership fee that means that each one of my sessions costs £13. I do not consider this to be excessively expensive. I’m sure you have to pay a lot more to be part of a REAL cult ;)

Anyway, rant over.

#Crossfit4Evah :)

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