Clearing up a big CrossFit misconception

Good old CF huh? You gotta love it. I know I do.

Read why here.

Crossfit though is a weird country of misunderstandings and self-proclaimed experts. Just like me. 🙂

Difference is, I’m right. I always am. 😀

One of the problems with CF is that nobody knows “what it is”. You can’t draw up a box, throw a bunch of stuff in it and decide that’s CF. Crossfit seems endless and HQ in particular isn’t afraid of exploring the boundaries of human stupidity with the Games programming. Today, I’m drawing up the boundaries of CF and along the way, I’ll explain why the whole world’s confused.

Here we go.

Crossfit is not a goal. CF isn’t defined as doing X. CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity) (and over broad modal domains). whatever the fuck that means.

Crossfit is whatever Crossfitters want it to be because Crossfit is defined as a goal, not a process.

In essence, CF is whatever you think will make you able to perform constantly varied functional movements at relatively high perceived intensity.

CF isn’t weightlifting.

CF isn’t gymnastics.

To use a metaphor – CF is a vacation in Paris. Any way, any how. All you know is that you’re going to Paris – you have no idea if you’re walking, flying or doing somersaults all the way.

Oh and six packs. Don’t forget the six packs.


To me this is silly. When competitions are merely tests of “fitness” without “fitness” being specifically defined, you essentially don’t have any idea what you’re competing in. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d hate to train 15+ hours a week only to show up at a competition to be tested in checkers or rollerskates or whatever the fuck Castro just pulled out his backside.

Another upside of “real sports” is that over a long time, they’ve manage to tighten up and sharpen their rules. CF being the sport of a thousand moves will need centuries for this process to take place and it’ll only get longer every time some genius invents wallball situps or some other ridiculous exercise.

Think of this: if CF regulated the amount of exercises allowed in competitions, but left it up to hosts to program it, they could write down very specific rules for each and every one of those exercises. There’d still be room for the “unprepared and unprepareable” or whatever it is.

Training ADHD is what it basically is.


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