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CrossFit: Forging elite fitness… at what cost?

In my last post, I talked about some of the concerns I had with the overall way CrossFit works, particularly the question of who is able to access and/or use the services it provides. Today, I want to talk about something that is much more personally troubling to me: the sexism that seems to be an undercurrent to much of the main CrossFit media. My letter is addressed to Greg Glassman, one of the founders, but I invite anyone who is a part of the CrossFit community and who comes across this post to consider whether they are contributing to the issues I raise. For those who aren’t part of that community, I invite you to read along and come to your own decision about what is going on here.

Dear Coach,

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Crossfit: Forging elite fitness… for whom?

About a month ago, Weetabix over at Elastic Waist posted about Crossfit, a fitness program based around the completion of daily workouts designed with the explicit goal of wiping out elite athletes. I went to the site, checked it out a bit, watched a whole bunch of videos, and decided to give it a shot. I’ve been doing a very, very scaled down version, mind you, but still following the general concept of constantly varied functional movements. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I’m feeling good, although I wouldn’t say I’m 100% convinced yet.

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