Let’s face it, CrossFit gets a bad rap from the more “hardcore” factions of athletes. They’ve been in the gym for years, and many for decades. They pioneered the place. They built it, literally and figuratively. They were hitting the iron back when the iron consisted of sand/concrete filled Weider weight sets. They were on the mats in high schools twenty years ago, long before the new corporate, commercial gyms with sanitized everything and name-brand “MMA-style” classes for housewives and newbies. They were in the gym killing it, long before it was trendy. The experienced MMA athletes don’t need any fly-by-night fads like CrossFit telling them how to train and get the most out of their bodies. They’re old school, and they get results the old-fashioned way- Hard, consistent work!
Well, times they are a changing. And in the next five minutes of reading, you are going to be challenged to abandon this old-school approach. It won’t be easy. But you want to get better, so you’re willing to give it a chance. The last thing you want to do is put on a “WOD 4 Life” t-shirt and take selfies with a bunch of newbies who were doing scrapbooking the Saturday before, and just felt like CrossFit would look cool on their Facebook walls. But you DO want to improve, and provided you find the right kind of serious, devoted CrossFit environment in which to train, you might just be open to it. Why? Because you want to push your body to perform at the highest level possible. You check your ego at the door and you learn to improve, even when it’s not easy. All kidding aside, CrossFit can help you to do that.