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CrossFit Is Not for Everyone by Craig Nelson - CrossFit Journal

In The CrossFit Life

August 16, 2012

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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.

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9 Comments on “CrossFit Is Not for Everyone”


wrote …

You totally articulated what my wife and I experience at our Crossfit Gym. The dread, the euphoria, the internal mental dialogue and the response to sharing the experience with others.


wrote …

I'm sorry but what is "DIS/GFB"?


replied to comment from Dustin Ryan

Drenched In Sweat / Gasping For Breath


wrote …

I thought maybe it was the early morning but I had trouble finding where the article first referenced what the DIS/GFB acronym meant too.
Great article by the way.


Bridget Lemley wrote …

I bet Twain, Churchill, Wilde, Ford, and Armstrong could hang in a WOD.


wrote …

Hilarious. I love it.


wrote …

Great article. Winston Churchill was an avid solider and polo player in his younger days...

In his leadership days (1900 -- 1955), he was undoubtedly fat, a chronic cigar smoker, and a heavy drinker. But to characterize him as a non active person is not quite on the mark.

He is, however, eminently quotable.


wrote …

This is a great article and you are right, either you are a DISGaFaBiphile or a DISGaFoBic. Bring on that next WOD!


wrote …

This is a great distinction to make because many times I hear people ask why it is necessary to put yourself through such hardship to stay fit. The answer is that you dont have to. It is a choice to DIS/GFB during your workouts and it is very difficult to explain to someone why this would be pleasurable. My advise is to tell them to try a few classes and shut the hell up.

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