CrossFit, in its simplest form, has been around long before Coach Greg Glassman put a name to it. We did a form of the self-proclaimed “sport of fitness” in High School (early 90s), in the Police Academy (late 90s) and some form of the sport that is now called CrossFit has bounced in and out my programming since then – particularly when I began fight conditioning and training.
However, it wasn't until it was officially born in 2000; did all the wacky terms, acronyms, slang and sayings turn into a way of life for most who would have never stepped foot into a “bodybuilding gym”.
It's given the Average Joe a place to feel comfortable doing a workout, and motivated to show up. With all the haters, I have to say – if for nothing else – that is a huge accomplishment in itself. Getting inside a CrossFit Box and doing something, is better than sitting on the couch doing nothing.
Maybe that's the ultimate draw for most people?
Maybe it's a sense of belonging to something, to a group? Much like the neighborhood kid that joins a gang to belong to, some box-goers maybe just want something to be a part of, and trekking down to the 24hour fitness center, working out solo, just wont cut it for them?
I say go for it!
If thats what it takes, its not my place – or anyone elses – to say it's the wrong thing to do.
Whatever the case – I had been intentionally avoiding this thing I called CultFit for some time.
The first rule about Cross Fit, is to always talk about CrossFit!
I believe it! Every time I got close to one of these people – my skin would crawl. All their weird language – it was almost like they speak in their own special tongue. Things like: “WOD-a-terrific day”, “I have WODnerful news” and, my all time favorite – “the WODfather”… made them seem less like gym rats, and more like followers of a cult.
It wasn't until I actually starting looking at it, did the programming and philosophy of CrossFit closely resemble what I had been doing all along. When we train for a fight, it's best to focus on training for time – to get as many reps as possible in a given time (usually, 3 or 5 minute intervals for the fighters).
AMRAP, as its called in the CrossFit world, is just another way to add variance to the workouts. Ive never been big on machine weights, isolation machines (first of all, you never can ‘isolate' any one part of the human body – and anyone who tells you that, is an idiot), treadmills or anything that comes stock in a fitness center. I've always preferred more blue collar type exercises: sleds, using chains, running hills, throwing sandbags, etc. And thats kind of what a WOD is.
Despite all the negativity that non-Cross Fitters bring to it, I decided to go to the Level 1 Course. Oddly enough, my first CrossFit workout, was in this course.
I didn't go to be a CrossFit Coach.
I went to learn the basic fundamentals of how they do what they do.I went to find better ways to do what I do. Ive found, for me, I learn best when I learn how to train others and I knew it would be easier for me to grasp the basics by going to the Level 1 Course. All I will say about the course, is that it was very good. The three Level 1 staff members that put it on were absolutely motivating and helpful in their instruction. Well worth the $1,000 price tag.
CrossFit – as a sport, as a workout regimen, and as an entirely different culture – is definitely something that takes some getting used to, but its kind of like a swimming pool in the winter time – you have to just suck it up and dive in… there is no slowly wading in. Just be careful and don't drink the cool aide.