May 23, 2011
Mike Warkentin asks what happens when hard-charging CrossFitters run into gym socialites looking for a conversation.
CrossFit is changing gym culture—that’s obvious.
With new affiliates springing up everywhere, entire islands of CrossFit exist where people can fling chalk around like it’s flour on the set of Jackass and hear not one trainer complain. These boxes are loud, rugged and Spartan—the antithesis of the modern fitness facility.
As garage beautiful as a fully outfitted box can be, many CrossFitters don’t have access to one and are forced to pursue their version of fitness in traditional gyms where most of the equipment has a built-in chair. These athletes are a lot like covert operatives doing devious shit deep behind enemy lines, and the possibility of capture and punishment or expulsion is often very real.
Nevertheless, as people discover our program, fewer power cages are used for biceps curls and more and more facilities are filled with loud crashes instead of the sounds of plate stacks sliding on oiled rails.
And there’s less talking—thankfully.