When you try to explain CrossFit to a non-CrossFitter, what do you say?
From their perspective, it’s a tough thing to understand. After all, why would you physically demolish yourself to the point of puking, in your free time, with no obvious gain, logic, or reason.
What do you tell them?
There’s a hundred things you could say that they wouldn’t understand until they step into CrossFit shoes and try it themselves.
While non-CrossFitters may have no idea what we see in it, every CrossFitter understands things about their time in the Box, doing what they love (Which mainly involves hating yourself until it’s over).
Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, here are the top 10 things that all CrossFitters understand.
10. THE GROUND IS AN OLD FRIEND.
When the timer goes off to mark the end of a WOD, you never know what you can rest on. There could be a box or a bench nearby, or there could not.
The only constant is that there is the ground beneath you. For that reason, CrossFitters love the ground.
When our legs are quivering and can only support us a few moments longer, as soon as the buzzer goes we collapse onto the floor.
There’s no downside, other than at some point in the near future we need to get back up. Savor those precious floor moments.
9. SKIN IS IN.
It can be your first time in a Box. Maybe you’re not in the best shape, and the treats are starting to catch up with you.
But in the Box, if you feel the need to rip off that shirt for added comfort and mobility, then tear that shirt off like you’re Bruce Banner mid-transformation. Nobody will bat an eye.
CrossFitters love skin. There’s no shame in showing a little more, no matter what you look like.
We’re all there to get better and support others pursuing that same goal. We can’t have heavy, sweat-drenched T-shirts weighing us down.
You’re in that WOD doing an incredibly uncomfortable thing, so being at the maximum level of comfort possible is a must.
8. TO THE CASUAL OBSERVER, A WOD IS VAGUELY SEXUAL.
Imagine you’ve never seen any CrossFit before. You walk into a random gym, not sure what to expect.
Before you even walk through the door, you hear grunting. Lots and lots of grunting.
You push open the doors. People are hip thrusting without a care in the world. Various sentences float to your ears.
“Yes! That’s a perfect snatch!”
“Don’t stop! Don’t stop!”
You’re 99% sure you’ve just walked into the weirdest orgy of all time.
But you’re open minded, so you walk over and ask someone what’s going on. He says they’re doing Helen today.
Unsure what to make of that, you walk over to someone else and ask them what they usually do here. She says that most often they either do Fran or Cindy, but today they decided to switch it up and do Helen.
You leave more confused than when you walked in. But we know it’s just CrossFit.
7. PUMP THE MUSIC UP!
Excessively loud music is the only music in a Box. The music needs to be loud enough that we can no longer hear each muscle in our body tearing at the same time.
If the music isn’t splitting our eardrums, then we start thinking thoughts like “Do I really need to be doing this? Couldn’t I just go for a nice leisurely walk with my dog?”
That’s a dumb thought. Of course you need to be doing this. CrossFit keeps you sane.
So you’ll listen to excessively loud music, crush your WOD, then go home and take Rover for a nice walk around the block while trying to maintain consciousness.
6. CHALK CHALK CHALK.
We love chalk.
We’re peanut butter, and chalk is the jam.
If we could propose to chalk, we would. It is the greatest defense between our hands and our workout (Sorry, calluses, but you can only do so much).
We chalk up before the workout. We chalk up between each set. If we could bathe in chalk in between reps, we gladly would.
We love you, chalk.
Every CrossFitter Ever
5. WE HAVE GONE FROM FINE TO ALMOST DEAD IN A 4 MINUTE SPAN.
“Ya, I was pumping iron for 3 hours yesterday. Hit my legs pretty hard, I practically live at the gym.”, says your coworker, Biff, who looks like he is so unfamiliar with a gym he calls it ‘James’.
He’s also bending over and walking around an inordinate amount and for seemingly no reason, picking up pens off of the ground and chasing your coworker Doug around the office.
This is notably something that nobody who REALLY just hit legs the day before would do.
He continues with “How are you that sore? You said you only did a 4 minute workout. What a wimp.”
You stare daggers at him as he ably walks away without a care in the world and completely pain-free.
You would follow and give him a piece of your mind, but you are stuck at the water cooler, unable to move and in constant and all-encompassing pain.
This is due to that 4 minute workout.
CrossFitters know it’s not how long you workout for, but how much you put into a given timeframe. 4 minutes can feel like an eternity and the blink of an eye at the same time.
You tell Biff this in a strongly worded email once you finally make it back to your desk.
4. YES, STYLE MATTERS.
Style point matter. Not in a literal sense, but more in a “the better I look going into this WOD, the better I feel. The better I feel, the better I perform.”
So ya, I guess it is in a literal sense after all.
CrossFitters know it’s not enough just to wear athletic, nice clothes. We need more. We need our clothes to match.
A headband that compliments the shirt. Shoes that draw the eye. Nicknames sewn everywhere the human eye can reach.
Maybe cool socks? Definitely cool socks.
Socks that represent who we are, or who we want to be. Socks with sharks on them. Sharks shooting fireballs out of their mouths and wearing their own cool socks.
After all, what are CrossFitters if not fashionistas who also willingly lose 70% of their body’s water in a single hour.
3. THE BOX IS A COMMUNITY.
CrossFit is a community in itself.
Each Box is its own smaller community. You spend a massive amount of time with your fellow CrossFitters, and therefore you all know small, weird details about each other.
It’s like living in the tiniest village in the world, except everyone in that village shares a burning passion for the main thing they do. Like any good community, each member carries their own weight.
Nobody leaves their mess on the floor or leaves weights lying around. It’s a group cleanup session after each WOD.
2. TALKING ABOUT HOW SORE WE ARE IS NOT COMPLAINING.
Well, ya, it is complaining. But it’s also bragging.
If we had to calculate the percentages, mentioning that we’re sore the day after a WOD is about 74% bragging, 39% complaining (and I am 100% not a good mathematician).
We love to be sore, because it means we pushed ourselves and got better.
Being sore is a badge of honor that you wear proudly on your incredibly sore chest, and that you strut around on your wobbling legs. If you’re not sore, you’re not working hard enough.
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1. IT’S TRUE. WE REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT CROSSFIT
Going through a harrowing experience tends to leave some lasting impressions. Impressions that you want to talk about.
At length. Lengthy length.
Over and over again, gaining new perspectives each time.
We love to talk about CrossFit. There is a running joke about this that non-CrossFitters love to bring up all the time.
But why wouldn’t we. Most people do CrossFit because they love it (and are maybe slightly obsessed with it).
We’re not going to willingly give up our free time to punish ourselves physically and mentally if we don’t love the sport in our downtime as much as we hate it in our WOD.