That may be because CrossFit founder Greg Glassman famously operates it more as a cult than a workout. There’s a lingo that’s only understandable to those that are “in," using terms such as WOD (work out of the day), AMRAP (as many reps as possible within a certain time), or Fran (one of CrossFit’s most famous workouts).
“The best way to understand CrossFit, is to do it,” says Nick DiMatteo, owner and coach at affiliate gym CrossFit OTG in Egg Harbor Township.
With results that can’t be denied, CrossFit lures athletes in with the promise of achieving their best body possible — the body that nature intended, according to Greg Glassman. And before you know, said CrossFitter is posting pictures to Facebook with their new gym family and documenting their latest, albeit impressive, athletic accomplishments.
“People initially come for the workout, but stay for the community,” DiMatteo says.
Proponents of this workout love the competitive, team nature associated with it.
“You become competitive more with yourself than withothers. The class format encourages you to compete with yourself while becoming inspired by the athletes around you,” DiMatteo says.
CrossFit Athlete Justin Owens began CrossFit when he became bored with the mundane gym routine he found himself in.
“I really enjoy the aspect of having a coach and other athletes in the class, it really helps to push you beyond your limits,” Owens says.
However, CrossFit has certainly seen its share of negative publicity. Most of which revolves around an alluded to high rate of injury and illness associated with the workout. This involves everything from vomiting to the rare but deadly rhabdomyolysis, which occurs when muscles have been worked to the point that they breakdown, the muscle tissue enters the bloodstream and damages the kidneys.
“I have been pushed to the point of throwing up and almost blacking out several times,” Owens says. But he remains a CrossFit athlete and values the limits he is able to conquer with this regimen.
Although the risk of injury in CrossFit is real, the bottom line is that every sport carries a risk of injury. Furthermore, the results associated with the CrossFit workout are also very real. Given the rapidly increasing number of CrossFit athletes and their intensity of gratitude for this sport, CrossFit will be around for a while. So if you’re even the slightest bit curious, try a class. After all, the only way to really understand CrossFit is to do CrossFit.
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