The whole Crossfit world does seem a bit cultish, those who Crossfit, LIVE Crossfit, they talk Crossfit, they walk Crossfit, they dress Crossfit. You can hear story after story about how it has changed peoples lives, helped them lose weight, given them a feeling of empowerment, for women made them realize it was OK to be strong....they pay their fairly high fees every month and do their WOD/s and nothing and no one is going to deter them. Throwing up, scars, blood, all appear to be badges of honor in this world.
The other side detests all of that, say it's dangerous, that it's more about show than substance (I have to admit I think kipping pull-ups is cheating...but I digress) but sometimes it comes off as people who don't like that they are not part of this club.
In full disclosure I've never tried it. I've thought about it. Toyed with the idea, looked up the clubs in my area, I follow them on facebook and get their WOD's although I have never done one. A friend in the fitness industry asked me about it just a couple of weeks ago. I tend to lean extreme in my work out style. I like to push the limits of what my body can do, go big with little fear of failure, and am extremely competitive. Crossfit seems a good fit. I'll tell you the truth I shared with her. Part of it for me is that workouts are not a group thing. I prefer to do my own workout, on my own time. But the second half of the truth is that Crossfit scares me. Competition can be a very good thing when it comes to working out, fitness, weight lifting, running...etc. It can also be a bad thing if you stop listening to your body, drowned out the warning signs in order to post a better time or a better weight.
Crossfit was in the news in a big way this weekend when someone was seriously injured at a Crossfit competition.