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Old 11-16-2007, 08:52 AM   #1
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The Crossfit Cult and Its Creepy Adherents

Wow. Brace yourselves. As crossFit grows, we'll be seeing more and more of this nonsense.

http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/5331.html (w/f safe)

This blogger seems some merit in CrossFit, but describes it as a "weightlifting cult" whose adherents are "reminiscent of Amway salesmen and Hare Krishna" people at airports.

But for me, the most interesting part of the post is that its author sees more and more trainers using CrossFit at his gym.

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Old 11-16-2007, 09:03 AM   #2
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Re: The Crossfit Cult and Its Creepy Adherents

I thought the article was quite positive.
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:06 AM   #3
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Re: The Crossfit Cult and Its Creepy Adherents

Dan, PLEASE remember to post the safe / not safe designation!!! You've been around a while, you really gotta remember to do that!
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:15 AM   #4
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Re: The Crossfit Cult and Its Creepy Adherents

Daniel--
Thanks for posting that article.
I'd rather be stared at for my enthusiasm than for a huge gut!
Focused, disciplined people seem to "threaten" apathetic, lazy ones just by showing up.

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Old 11-16-2007, 09:22 AM   #5
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Re: The Crossfit Cult and Its Creepy Adherents

I thought it was a pretty fair and accurate portrayal. Mostly positive, and the negatives are all things we've noticed about fellow Crossfitters.
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:46 AM   #6
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Re: The Crossfit Cult and Its Creepy Adherents

We can appreciate CF while still acknowledging these characteristics, can't we? We CAN be a bit obsessive and sometimes even cultish. It doesn't bother us but it's not hard to see why either the specific methodology of CF might not be what someone chooses (if they're interested in pure ME strength, for instance) or even the culture (if this type of community is not what someone's interested in). To each his own, right?

The only stuff we should be irate about is criticism based around misunderstandings, IMO. Not criticism that says "eh, not for me," which is about half of it.
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:55 AM   #7
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Re: The Crossfit Cult and Its Creepy Adherents

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The only stuff we should be irate about is criticism based around misunderstandings, IMO.
Right! It's shocking that CrossFit is erroneously described as a "weightlifting cult"... when it is, in fact, "a weightlifting/gymnastics/sprinting cult"

That's a joke, folks.
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:16 AM   #8
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The confusing thing is that Kool-Aid isn't even Zone
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:26 AM   #9
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Re: The Crossfit Cult and Its Creepy Adherents

Meh...

Not such a bad depiction of CF (or CF'ers) in his artcle.

My problem is - if the guy has been such a devoted weightlifter for so long, why couldn't he identify an overhead squat when he saw it?
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:46 AM   #10
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Re: The Crossfit Cult and Its Creepy Adherents

I also thought it was balanced, fair, and open-minded. I can see why he'd use the word "cult" to describe the sociology of Crossfitters. I mean, even the joke buzz phrase "drink the KoolAid" is a nod to that aspect. Doesn't bother me.

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