Don't do CrossFit! You will get pregnant and die!

Show of hands, who got the blog title’s reference? If you’re scratching your head, come find me and we can discuss some must see movies. Since CrossFit’s inception there has never been a lack of people who have an opinion as to why you shouldn’t do CrossFit; you’ll get hurt, it’s a cult, the gyms are dirty or it’s too expensive and you’ll probably get hurt. Opinions come from somewhere, don’t they? Why are people under the impression that if they join CrossFit they will get hurt or they’ll be wasting their money? I want to dive into some of those notions and give my two cents. 

You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”

Am I killing it with movie references or what? Hopefully I can keep this going long enough to finish this blog. But, this is the most common opinion out of any of them. You will join a gym and you’ll tear something and never be able to workout again. Not sure where this idea originated from, but would there be over 15,000 affiliates in business if you were guaranteed to get injured? The truth is, you can get injured doing anything. Walking down the street, playing a game of basketball or doing your own thing at a conventional gym. CrossFit at its core was not only designed to be the best workout, but it was also designed to put an emphasis on quality over quantity. I think that part gets lost along the way, Coaches, owners and athletes alike get caught up in the moments and lose sight of what the priorities should be. Chasing intensity never meant that you kill yourself and throw mechanics out of the window. Hell, I am guilty of this all the time. I am not proud of that, but it’s a work in progress. Injuries can occur when there is a lack of oversight from a coach (teacher) or a blatant disregard for the virtuosity of the movement. There are coaches out there who run gyms and could care less what your deadlift looks or feels like. For every one of those coaches, there are several who are the exact opposite. They are the one’s attempting to dissuade people from thinking CrossFit is this big bad entity. If you’re truly interested in CrossFit, but you’re scared of getting injured, do your research on who’s running the program. Observe a class and see if they pay attention or if they just run around high fiving everyone. 

“Thank you sir, may I have another?”

When you join a CrossFit gym, there are several things that happen. You will probably make some new friends. You will probably start paying closer attention to what you eat. You will probably start bringing up CrossFit in casual conversations outside of the gym. A lot of people think this whole thing is one big cult. So, I do apologize if trying to add years to someone’s life and improving their physical and mental health qualifies me as being in a cult. Sure, we do talk about it a lot and it inadvertently becomes a major fixture in our lives. But, it isn’t everything and we are allowed to be passionate about it. You know who I want to hang out with? People who share a common interest with me. Guess where those people exist? In CrossFit gyms. The sense of community that CrossFit gyms foster is unique. But, it is one that provides a welcoming environment (or it should) to anyone who walks through the doors. It is also a place filled with unconditional support.

The other part of these communities that people rarely acknowledge, is the diversity. Where else can you find the coexistence of a variety of creeds, ethnicities, careers, tax brackets, political views and the list could go on and on. How bad could such a place be if people from all walks of life are able to participate in something together and only want the best for each other? Sounds miserable.

“In a sluggish economy, never, ever f*** with another man’s livelihood.”

I’ll admit, this complaint has become the most irritating to me, so I will do my best to keep this rant under control. As someone who has made their career out of coaching and running a gym, this is how I keep a roof over my head and food on the table.

Aside from that, I take pride in what I do and what my fellow coaches do on a daily basis. We put a great deal of effort into our craft and our pricing reflects our value. Even still, how do you value your health? Are you someone who is content cutting corners and hopes for the best down the line? What sort of experience do you want? Are you looking for a coach who just starts the clock or someone who won’t accept mediocre and will not only push you, but guide you to being a better version of yourself? A lot of times I will hear that CrossFit as a whole is too expensive and they don’t see the value in it. If that’s the case, then coaches should take full responsibility.

We let you down and failed to show you why it’s important to add CrossFit into your budget. You should come to CrossFit to be effectively coached, not simply herded from session to session. You should learn at CrossFit; not just about various movements and skills, but about yourself as a person. You should look forward to your workouts and the importance of your workouts should be abundantly clear to you.

So, to summarize; you will get hurt doing CrossFit, you won’t make any friends and you’ll be just another person in our cult and you’ll waste all of your money whilst not learning and improving your life. Please don’t do CrossFit. I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to have life changing experiences that put years back onto their lives or to help someone alleviate the need for medicine. Nothing good ever happens at these places. Don’t waste your money, please just go to a conventional gym and hit the stairmaster for 30 minutes and call it a day.

- Coach Cam