December 29, 2009
The goal of CrossFit is producing increased work capacity—but Russell Berger says you’d have to be blind not to see that it also produces exquisite physiques.
CrossFit isn’t designed to make you look good naked. That benefit is just an unavoidable side effect of increasing your work capacity at life’s most basic tasks.
We go at unmatched intensity to improve our performance and ability, but dedicated CrossFitters can take satisfaction in knowing that when they look in the mirror they’ll see attractive people looking back—people who look like they hunt and kill their food with a spear.
Perhaps Henry David Thoreau said it best: “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” It seems life’s most desirable rewards rarely come to those who set out in pursuit of them—but strive instead for excellence, and the rewards of life often find you.
CrossFit athletes may be attractive by any standard, but they are, first and foremost, functional. They can move heavy loads long distances in short times. CrossFit’s top male and female athletes have demonstrated work capacities that our entire community finds inspiring. From the long-time affiliate owner to his or her newest and most deconditioned client, all are motivated by the powerful force of physical accomplishment. Why not let jaw-dropping physiques do the same?
Glorifying the figures of these athletes isn’t a sin against functional fitness. It is not our primary goal to improve physiques, but we would be fooling ourselves if we didn’t acknowledge the beauty of these CrossFit bodies at work.