Now, before I jump into this, I should preface that I myself am not a CrossFitter. I don’t even know if its proper to say CrossFitter. Anyways, I am a Figure girl through and through, but…I have tried crossfit before. Back in my day it was called conditioning with my college team, but now it’s a bit more sophisticated. I’ve actually even gone down the road and stepped into a “box” for a session. And yes, I will be trying it again.
With that said, my love for all things fitness doesn’t allow me to ignore some of the greatness that comes from CrossFit and I know most of you can’t ignore it either. So here are the 9 reasons why everyone should go ahead and let themselves fall in love with CrossFit.
Really Hot People
And when I say hot, I mean it. Yes, I am most definitely looking with a female eye on this, but I think its a safe bet to say that the women are pretty smoking as well. Let me say though, a room full of these people can cause some blood circulation. Have you seen these men? They’re so…manly. Like, brawny man, sort of manly. I may hate the fact that CrossFitters call their gym a box, but it is certainly a box full of yummy.
It’s Legit Work
People from all walks of fitness life want to hate on CrossFit for a lot of reasons – don’t drink the kool-aid! – but there is no denying that these people put in some serious work. You want to know the last time a normal person thought, “Man, you know what would be awesome today? To do wall balls till my knees break and then burpees till I vomit!”? Yeah, the answer is never. The sessions of dripping sweat weight lifting and cardio is simply not for everyone. Personally, even with the best pre-workout money can buy coursing through my veins, you wouldn’t get me anywhere near one of those insane WODs. But for those that do it, may I tip my Nike cap to you.
Crossfit = Trendy
There’s also no denying that CrossFit has become a pretty trendy form of exercise. Not discrediting it at all, but it seemed once one box popped up, a million more leapt into existence as well. While people may want to groan and begrudge “yet another trendy workout”, we should all be pretty stoked that the hardcore fitness industry is being flooded with people. Fit people should want to help others become fit too, whether its just with leading by example or actively engaging others. So even if some frail little chick wondered into a box only because her friends wanted to try, chances are that same chick is now overhead squatting like a beast. No one can hate on that.
Weight Lifting…On TV?
The first time I was strolling through the channels and caught my the CrossFit Games I literally said, “what the f, is that…weight lifting?” And then I just sat and watched for another 8 hours. Mostly because it was on repeat, but also because it was weightlifting on TV! I love my bodybuilding, but I’m not seeing it on TV anytime soon. I do love competition though, and so getting a chance to see moves I do but on TV and in competition format is spectacular. Maybe one day Miranda Oldroyd will announce me as I walk sexily across stage for my poses. Until then, I’ll be nose-pressed-to-screen to watch fitchicks being fit.
I’m perfectly aware that there are more beneficial exercises out there, and probably harder ones, but muscle ups? Those things are ridiculous. It wasn’t until I tried one that I understood why my Facebook would be scattered with “just did my first muscle up!” followed by 100 likes and a ton of comments. My attitude went from “calm down people” to “And a badass is born…”
You know, I’m not even going to say anything else, I’m just going to post some pictures and you all will just nod in agreement.
Their Workout Gear
Every time I see pictures of CrossFitters being all CrossFitty, they are wearing next to nothing. The men always have their shirts off (I guess they get pretty hot, idk) and the women wear small shorts and a sports bra (they too must be hot). Maybe it’s motivation to get in shape faster. Maybe a full shirt will contain their awesomeness too much. I’m not sure, but the crazy thing is that I’ve never seen a chick that shouldn’t be wearing just a sports bra. What gym can you go into where everyone is nearly half naked to begin with? I’m not even mad, I’m impressed. Did I mention that these people are pretty hot?
They’re Overly Social
I’ll admit, my first experience with CrossFit made me a little bias. As the trainer explained that this wasn’t just a workout, it was a way of life, I was 99% sure everyone was about to break out into harmony with “We Are the World”. But the social environment seems to be possibly the main thing that makes CrossFit work. Its about bettering yourself and not degrading others. And then even if you beat someone, you shake their hand for the competition, hug them in congrats for their personal growth, then grab a drink with them after. You have to acknowledge that is pretty cool.
Crossfit Guys Love Fitchicks
It is easy to appreciate someone else if you can relate to what they do. It is probably why so many jokes about CrossFit reference the dating lives of CrossFit people. Those guys seem to appreciate a strong woman mostly because they know what work goes into creating those biceps, quads, and that sturdy midsection. I don’t know about you, but I am always on board with something that makes more men appreciate a solidly made woman. It isn’t necessarily that all CrossFit guys love muscly women, but given that CrossFit is still growing (#3) and that they tend to look pretty good (#1), the chances of more men coming to the lean and mean side is certainly greater. This is a part of CrossFit I’m more than willing to benefit from.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I thoroughly enjoy people with unique names. Not so long ago I stumbled upon Christmas Abbott who garsh darn near encompasses everything I deem sublime. Seems cool? Check. Tattoos? Check. Can squat like a beast? Check. IS NAMED AFTER A MOTHER F’IN HOLIDAY? Check! That last one wasn’t even on my list before, but it is now. Plus, the chick looks amaze balls! There are plenty of women in CrossFit that deserve attention, but Christmas isn’t too bad of a poster child for it I’d say.
You may already be in it, may be committed to a different sport, or might be hating on it, but I think it is time to let the guard down and accept CrossFit. Strong is the new skinny is most definitely on its way and CrossFit has certainly played its part to encourage it. Even though there are things about CrossFit that might rub a non-CrossFitter the wrong way, its always important to recognize just how awesome fitness in all forms can be. So Dear CrossFit, we heart you. Love Spot Me Girl