August 16, 2012
Despite its growing popularity, CrossFit is not for everyone. You have to have a thing for suffering—and its rewards. Craig Nelson explains.
A recent article in the CrossFit Journal titled CrossFit Is for Everyone documented the inspiring efforts of Chris Knapman, who, in spite of significant cognitive and physical limitations, is an active (and even competitive) CrossFitter. There are many other stories of amputees, stroke patients, cancer patients, paraplegics—the list goes on—who participate meaningfully in CrossFit.
While I unreservedly applaud the efforts of these courageous souls, I must disagree—CrossFit is not for everyone.
It’s not any physical or mental challenges that might disqualify one as a CrossFitter. Rather, there is a more fundamental requirement to participate in CrossFit: an affinity for DIS/GFB. The initialism stands for “drenched in sweat/gasping for breath.” This, of course, describes the state of being that results from most CrossFit encounters. It turns out that the world is divided into two types of people: those who enjoy the state of DIS/GFB and those who do not.
If you are among the latter, sorry, CrossFit is not for you.