About a month ago, I wrote a post that was a bit cynical about Crossfit. Was I a little rough on Crossfit? Maybe, but I wrote what I believed to be some negative aspects of the the program.
This time, however, I’m here to talk about the positives I see in Crossfit. Actually, it’s just one positive aspect, but it’s a big one. Have you got a guess of what it might be?
It’s the community.
Yes, the entire community of Crossfitters – and the program has an enormous community, to be honest.
Why is this even a positive thing? It’s because it provides insight to all of its participants, from all of its participants. We all know Crossfit takes movements from different specialized sports or programs. Just look at their website – defense, endurance, football, gymnastics, kettlebell, mobility, olympic lifting, powerlifting, rowing, striking, and strongman.
With this kind of broad inclusion of different sports/programs, Crossfit is bound to spark the interest of all of those runners, kettlebellers, MMA fighters, football players, and so on. And it truly has – the Florida Marlins and the UC Santa Cruz rugby team both use Crossfit as a part of their program. Supposedly there was a workout named “Fight Gone Bad” geared towards BJ Penn’s workout-needs.
With this kind of participation alongside athletes and people form all walks of life, there’s really a great “laboratory of ideas” happening at each box gym affiliated with Crossfit. So, if your box gym has a kettlebell-er or an RKC-certified instructor, you might be in luck when your workout includes kettlebells that day. Or what if you’ve got a lot of rowing in your next workout, and a former-collegiate rower goes to your gym? Or, in the case of my sister (an avid Crossfitter), you could have went to the same box gym an Olympic-trials gymnast went to.
Having that kind of relationship with someone who’s an unofficial “expert” in a particular field is, well, invaluable. What you can learn from these former- or current-athletes/instructors/whatever can be awesome for your skill development, whether it be kettlebells, olympic lfiting, and so on.
It doesn’t end at your local box, either. Just hop on to the forums on the Crossfit website. It contains literally years of discussions, stories, information, and knowledge from the participants of Crossfit. Again, people from all walks of life, all in one place to discuss fitness and health. It’s truly fascinating, and is a great resource for anyone and everyone to use.
As of today, June 6th, 2013, these are the stats of the forums: 80,221 threads, 1,163,087 posts, and 52,870 members.
That’s quite the community, I might say…