Is CrossFit a Cult?

This question comes up with surprising semi-regularity: Is CrossFit a cult? I could haul out the Merriam-Webster‚Äôs dictionary and prove that CrossFit doesn‚Äôt meet the first four definitions for cult, but then there‚Äôs the tricky fifth definition: “a: great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially: such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b: the object of such devotion c: a usually small group of people characterized by such a devotion.”
Whoops. Busted. Maybe we are a cult.
–Lisbeth Darsh, CrossFit Watertown
Thursday 080320
Four rounds for time:
Run 400 meters
Rest 2 minutes
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Leaving behind the trucker hat
The fat pack wonders if the party’s over
That’s right, I said it: “Candied bacon ice cream”
Another CF news story: Short, feverish workouts are a draw
Semper Fi to the third degree:
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The gang’s all here:
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Josh enforces the new lengthening-and-toning program:
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  • Obviously we will offer options besides running for this WOD. One option is row 500m. Another is 2 minutes of KB swings. Yet another is a jump rope substitution. It’ll be up to individual instructors to decide how to structure the WOD for each class.

  • I was just asking about you the other day Adam!! Glad to see you are still alive despite your grueling school schedule and I see you have some nice company this week too!!

  • Kurt

    Re: the stair article from yesterday-
    If anyone is planning on doing the Urbanathlon in September, you should read that article.
    The number 1 issue I saw during the race was people hitting the 52 flight stair climb at mile 6 and just dying. The comment (usually proceeded by an expletive)most heard was:
    “This is nothing like the Stairmaster!”
    I wasn’t in the best shape for that race, but I trained stairs at least once a week for 2 months prior and it paid off.

  • Coach P

    As important as running is, and because many are in the running seminar, there will be an alternate workout tonight in MY classes beginning 6:45.
    This workout will consist of factors that will make you wish you had decieded to skip the 1600 meters instead.
    Avery, Rob, and Kurt: remember the little taste we had the other night??
    Hope to see everyone there….
    And the classes are 6:45 and 7:30, please be signed in 10 minutes before because the choas start on time.

  • Moon

    Ok people – this is what we’ve been training for!!!
    The Third Annual New York City Pillow Fight
    Saturday, March 22nd 2008
    Union Square
    3:00 PM

  • Moon

    BTW – my previous FGB score of 253 in 07 was down from yesterday’s 246. Naturally, I began looking for a bridge to jump from until I observed that the exercise changed from last summer. In June we had 16kg KB swings instead of using the rower measuring calories. I believe that I can swing a pood a fair amount more in a minute than the 12-14 cal I was getting on the rows. I could probably get 2-3 swings done during the time it takes me to buckle in my feet. Other detailed record keepers may want to make a note of this when looking at their progress.

  • Shane

    Did Coach P.’s upcoming Sunday Elements class fill-up? I’ve got a friend who is very interested. Thanks guys!

  • Jack Bauer

    Oh oh! Guess who just signed up for the Oly seminar in August! Justin, I’m bringing the Xbox 360!
    They are going to kick us out of the hotel!

  • Brett_nyc

    Coach P’s wod as follows
    3 rounds
    Do max pullups with one drop off the bar allowed, sum of both sets = x
    Do (50-x) Medicine-burpee-wall-ball
    Do 10 total step ups to 20″ box with 2x24kg kettlebells
    22:36 for me.
    medicine-burpee-wall-balls suck a lot. Total of 84 pullups

  • Hari

    (1:28, 1:29, 1:32, 1:30) = 5:59 + rest

  • sam

    Done at a track. I get the impression the run to the cuban place is too short after doing actual 400’s.
    I think those were my times, which would give my total at 11.12
    However, when I stopped my clock the time was at 10.54, so maybe I remembered my times badly. Either way, this wod hurt.

  • sam

    Oh and the back straight was a massive headwind. Highly un-amusing.

  • Moon

    Ground level to ground level Havana run featuring the u-turn and both static and dynamic obstacles.

  • Chris Gaskin

    Coach P’s wod
    3 rounds
    max pull ups (one drop)
    Medicine-burpee-wall-ball (10lb ball)
    10 step ups per leg to 20″ box with 2x8kg kettlebells
    47 total pull ups

  • I’m in for the Oly seminar as well. I can’t wait.

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