February 08, 2012
Dr. Ken Gall examines the thermodynamics of CrossFit and asks 10 questions worth considering.
While I was an undergraduate research assistant, one of the graduate students in my lab wanted to show me a “thing on the computer” that you could use to “look up information.” I took a look at it, reluctantly, because this guy was always wasting my time with annoying things such as balloon animals and ballroom dancing.
When he showed me his little discovery, I laughed and told him it looked “useless” and I had no interest in wasting time on it. The year was 1994, I was at the University of Illinois, and the software he showed me was called Mosaic. For those of you unfamiliar with Mosaic, you may better recognize its second-generation name: Netscape. As it turns out, Web browsing and this “terrible annoyance” called the Internet have some use.
I missed the boat. CrossFit’s approach is the Mosaic/Netscape of fitness, and I’m not missing something big this time.