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  1. Eric, Great article. I’ve known about Cross-Fit, have one here in our little town, but it starts at 5:30 AM and I haven’t made it yet. I’d rather do Zumba at 9:00

  2. William Hancox says:

    CrossFit is an interesting, cult-like phenomenon. I don’t like the quality of exercise they do, but I respeect anyone who’s willing to put effort in. If you don’t understand what I mean by “quality”, put it this way, CrossFit is making millions of dollars for orthopedic surgeons.

  3. Jaime Gamache says:

    Crossfit is a cult, bottom line. One that takes in people looking for an identity (athletic or otherwise) and puts them in an “us against the world” mentality. While the majority of the article’s argument of exercise as a reflection of the culture, all it ends up being is a big ad for Crossfit. You fail to mention that many of the best Crossfit trainers have either left or are radically disillusioned by what CF has become. The Army has banned WOD’s as part of their PT program. Most of the “trainers” are vastly underqualified, having no greater knowledge of physiology or kinesiology than what they pick up from CF or the most recent issue of Men’s Health. The injury rate has always been downplayed by CF HQ as people that can’t “cut it” and yet the prevalence of shoulder, back and ankle issues (in particular) is staggering. At it’s inception, CF was as beneficial as any other exercise program out there but the fact that there are no quality controls at any level speaks to an underlying arrogance that starts at the top and filters down to its most basic levels.

  4. Interesting article…I have felt that martial arts/karate stems from the same mentality…but hey, whatever motivates people to get more fit or perform better…

    But, yes, I have reached that level where you punch and kick and you are covered with bruises and you ignore the pains in your body…and then continue to punish it….it is like walking a tightrope between ultimate fitness and injury….karate has made me cry…it has subluxed my knee…and it broke my big toe….but I always went back to it….ultimately, I found sublime rewards past all that pain and bruising and it has healed me mentally and physically and emotionally….

    Everyone has their own deeply personal goals for pushing their bodies to extremes….

  5. Henry Halff says:

    I find it curious that the LeMay and presumably Grossman, after quoting a perfectly good definition of the term fitness—“[t]he quality or state of being fit or suitable; the quality of being fitted, qualified, or competent. spec. the quality or state of being physically fit.”—seem to think that physical fitness is one thing (whatever makes for excellence in CrossFit, I suppose). People and things are never just fit, they are fit for something. A size 42 sport coat is fit for use by me but not my son, who wears a larger size. A pickup truck is fit for work on a farm but not for service as a taxicab. A quarter horse is fit for polo but not for pulling a plow.

    So it is with physical fitness. CrossFit makes one fit for, well, CrossFit and similar activities. It does not make one fit for swimming or ultra marathons. But good swimmers are arguably physically fit as are Ironman finishers.

    It is particularly foolish to define fitness as readiness for combat or war because both combat and war have changed radically since, say, the dawn of civilization in Mesopotamia. Back then, skill with a javelin and chariot would have constituted fitness for combat. Today, the skilled hacker glued to his computer is the one likely to prevail in any conflict. The Tarzan model of combat, which seems to be the basis for CrossFit, is not something that we will or ever have been likely to encounter in the real world.

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