I've been doing CrossFit for a long time, and I'm still not 100% sure why.
I mean, I've been a super-fan from day one, and It's made me more fit than I've ever been, but CrossFit is a bit of a paradox in some respects.
Here are a few of the things I find puzzling...
1. You spent years and years getting an education so you could earn lots of money, and avoid having to do manual labor.
Paradox: You now pay lots of money to endure intense, physically demanding workouts that far surpass anything you'd ever encounter in a manual labor setting.
2. One of the main tenets of CrossFit is eating food that is good for you.
3. Doing CrossFit cultivates GPP (general physical preparedness), and allows you to be ready for action when life throws the unknown, and unknowable your way.
Paradox: Muscle soreness, bruises, bleeding/torn hands, will have you wondering if you are eligible to apply for a handicap sticker in your condition.
4. CrossFit will boost your confidence by showing you what your body is actually capable of.
Paradox: CrossFit will make you realize that you have roughly 1/3 of the work capacity of many 60 year old grandmothers.
5. You'll become instant friends with anyone else who does CrossFit, and be able to talk with them endlessly about your mutually favorite pastime.
Paradox: You'll become instantly annoying to anyone who doesn't do CrossFit, and you'll only be able to talk about it for a few hours before they "get an important phone call," and leave the room.
So there you have it. I'd stay here and seek to understand the CrossFit enigma longer, but I hear today's AMRAP calling my name, and these hands aren't going to tear themselves open.
See you at the box!
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