CrossFit Is Not Based On A Dare
The following are some facts about CrossFit:
1) CrossFit is not based on a dare!
2) CrossFit is a movement that promotes health and fitness through resistance training.
3) CrossFit is not just a workout program; it’s also an educational experience.
4) Crossfit workouts are designed to challenge your body, mind, and spirit.
5) CrossFit workouts are meant to improve your life.
6) CrossFit is not only fun, but it’s also a way to meet new people and make friends.
7) CrossFit is not just a sport, but it’s also a way to get fit and stay fit.
8) CrossFit is not just a workout routine, but it’s also an opportunity to learn something new every day.
9) CrossFit is not just a game, but it’s also a way to give back to the community.
10) Most importantly, CrossFit is not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be.
More Facts About Crossfit
1) There are thousands of Crossfit affiliates all over the world.
2) The average cost to join a Crossfit gym is between $200 and $400 per month.
3) The quality of Crossfit trainers and equipment varies widely from one gym to another.
4) The average total cost to become a member at a good Crossfit gym is between $200 and $500 per month.
5) The best Crossfit gyms have air-conditioned rooms, showers, and special equipment for rope climbing.
6) A one-time fee of between $200 and $500 dollars is required to take the Crossfit Level 1 Trainer Course.
7) Good quality Level 1 Crossfit Trainers can earn between $50 and $100 per hour teaching classes.
8) One can also become a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer by enrolling in an online course offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
9) The online NSCA course cost between $700 and $1000 dollars to take.
10) Crossfit has its roots in weightlifting, but has evolved into a widely used fitness program for law enforcement personnel, military troops, and first responders.
11) The US military has credited Crossfit with helping to improve the physical condition of its soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
12) Many law enforcement agencies in the United States including the Border Patrol, Federal Marshals, Park Rangers, and Secret Service agents use Crossfit to prepare their personnel.
13) Crossfit was developed by former gymnast Greg Glassman and launched in 1995.
14) The first Crossfit gym opened in a Santa Cruz, California garage.
15) There are now more than 10,000 Crossfit gyms in the world.
16) There are more than 30,000 Crossfitters in the United Kingdom alone.
17) An annual Crossfit conference called the Crossfit games hosts competitions that draw hundreds of thousands of spectators.
18) The most famous Crossfit trainers are the ones that have worked for the US military or law enforcement agencies.
19) Some of the most famous Crossfit trainers include: -Abigale McComas (US Border Patrol) -Camille Leidigh (US Secret Service) -Bruno Tortorice (US Marshals) -Tenika Mecott (US Military) -Wes Pierson (US Army) -Randy Hugelmeyer (US Navy) -Markus Ezerins (USMC)
20) Almost all of the most famous Crossfit trainers are men.
21) Crossfit has been criticized by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
22) Many physicians and exercise physiologists claim that Crossfit training can cause injury to muscles, joints and bones.
23) But many Crossfit acolytes including champion weightlifter Holley Mangold and Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle dispute such claims.
24) The most famous Crossfit trainers tend to be military and law enforcement personnel regardless of gender.
25) There are some notable female Crossfit trainers such as Holley Mangold and Camille Leidigh.
26) Many Crossfit facilities do not have air-conditioning, showers or other amenities.
27) Some Crossfitters train at high altitudes in order to improve their fitness.
28) Many Crossfitters stick to a vegan or near vegan diet in order to keep their weight down.
29) The Crossfit community tends to be very tight-knit.
30) In fact, a sizable number of Crossfitters live in a commune-like atmosphere with their fellow aficionados of this demanding training program.
31) Crossfitters tend to speak their own language using terms such as “gains”, “WOD”, “Pukie” and “Throwing up after a workout is perfectly normal.”
32) Some of the more notorious Crossfit-related deaths include: -Alexis Albers (fell from roof while doing somersaults) -Camille McCommas (died during rope climbing exercise) -Cat Smiley (died after being pushed during similar incident) -Christopher Drotleff (died after driving long distances for Crossfit sessions) -Gracie Bradley (died after running long distances for Crossfit sessions)
33) Most Crossfitters are very concerned about safety.
34) Most Crossfitters also believe that it’s better to be “sore” than “dead”.
35) Crossfit is not for everyone.
36) Crossfit is particularly not for elderly people and/or those with pre-existing conditions.
37) Most Crossfitters tend to have an “every man for himself” attitude when it comes to answering any calls of help by their comrades in arms.
38) Most Crossfitters tend to be strongly opposed to any form of government attempts to interfere with their training regimens.
39) Many Crossfitters are hostile to any criticism of the Crossfit program or its philosophy.
40) There are many rivalries between different Crossfit “boxes” or gyms.
41) The most fierce of these rivalries are between the various US armed forces branches.
42) In fact, there have been incidents of Crossfitters refusing to help injured military personnel unless they pledged their allegiance to a particular branch.
43) These confrontations sometimes turn violent.
44) Most Crossfitters are strongly opposed to the use of performance-enhancing drugs or other shortcuts.
45) However, some Crossfitters turn to such shortcuts in order to “get ahead” in this tough fitness community.
46) Many Crossfitters have developed strong attachments to their particular “boxes” or gyms.
47) Some Crossfitters refuse to train anywhere else.
48) Most Crossfitters tend to follow news reports about the program itself as well as its competitors, such as O-licious Paleo Fitness and Mad Dogg Crossfit.
49) Many Crossfitters have tattoos of the Crossfit emblem somewhere on their body.
50) To become a certified Crossfit coach, one must pass a series of grueling physical challenges known as “Crossfit Level 1”.
51) To become a highly respected and well-paid Crossfit coach, one must pass a series of grueling physical challenges known as “Crossfit Level 2”.
52) Most Crossfit coaches are men in their 20s or 30s.
53) Most Crossfit coaches are former Crossfitters who have now “mellowed with age”.
54) Many Crossfit boxes (gyms) don’t have air-conditioning due to the cost.
55) Most Crossfitters enjoy regular “Christmas games” at their favorite boxes.
56) These games involve anything from eating nut-based meals to singing songs in rounds.
57) Some more “mature” Crossfitters go for a after-work drink together somewhere.
58) Many of these mature Crossfitters are happily married with children and have “settled down”.
59) Most Crossfitters see the program as a convenient way of getting in shape quickly.
60) Most Crossfitters are content to be “average Joes” within their communities.
61) Many Crossfitters can’t stand people who don’t share their enthusiasm for Crossfit.
62) For this reason, most Crossfitters are not interested in any form of “exercise” other than Crossfit.
63) However, some Crossfitters enjoy hiking.
64) The majority of Crossfitters are open to discussing the program with anyone who is genuinely interested.
65) Most Crossfitters maintain at least some skepticism about “fad diets” and nutrition in general.
66) Most Crossfitters enjoy debating the ethics and safety of performance-enhancing drugs.
67) Crossfit is technically a “religion”, as it has its own set of prophets, such as Greg Glassman and Jacob Tinkle, its own set of disciples, such as you, and its own set of sacred beliefs, such as referring to the wide squat as “burying the crucifixion”.
68) One of the most important religious holidays in the Crossfit calendar is annual “Death24/7” event.
69) This involves spending at least an hour every day at a Crossfit box in the month of February.
70) Most Crossfitters keep a daily record of their workouts, known as a “diary”.
71) Some Crossfitters spend more than a hundred dollars a month on supplements such as fish oil and creatine.
72) Most Crossfitters refuse to use weight machines.
73) It is common for Crossfitters to do a strength competition known as “The Crossfit Challenge”.
74) The Crossfit Challenge involves doing as many pull-ups as you can in a row, as many squats as you can in a row, and then running 400 meters.
75) Typical Crossfitters are content to remain at their current levels of strength, mobility and conditioning.
76) Most Crossfit boxes will have a “First Timer” backpack full of items for new members.
77) These items will typically include shoes, workout clothes, socks and toiletries.
78) Most Crossfitters would rather use chalk than Grip4orce liquid-grip enhancer.
79) Most Crossfitters are content to use the bumper plates that their box provides, rather than buying their own set of specialist weight plates.
80) Most Crossfitters can complete at least one strict muscle-up, but choose not to include it in their routines.
81) Most Crossfitters are able to leg-press 1.5 x their bodyweight, but they prefer to stick to squats.
82) Most Crossfitters have about three years of experience in the program and are still learning new exercises.
83) Most Crossfitters don’t do any form of stretching in their warm-up, as it isn’t “functional”.
84) Most Crossfitters have some kind of secret “go to” exercise that they use when they are bored of the regular workouts.
85) Some Crossfitters compete in Olympic Weightlifting.
86) Most Crossfitters are “gluten free” without knowing why.
87) Most Crossfitters don’t “do cardio” unless they are running, because it isn’t “functional”.
88) Most Crossfitters have at least one tattoo.
89) Most Crossfitters have a few older members who still somehow manage to push them beyond their limits.
90) The most important thing for a Crossfitter is that the box is “inviting and non-intimidating”.
91) Most Crossfitters have an aversion to “girl classes”.
92) Most Crossfitters have no idea what a “girl class” is.
93) Most Crossfitters secretly enjoy doing double-unders and wish they could do more.
94) Most Crossfitters have to stop themselves from calling pull-ups “chin-ups”.
95) Most Crossfitters can do at least five chin-ups but still prefer to do pull-ups.
96) Most Crossfitters have an overwhelming urge to tell you about the benefits of the program whenever the subject of fitness comes up.
97) Most Crossfitters are not genuinely interested in hearing about your running times or marathon medals.
98) Most Crossfitters secretly laugh at “Globo Gym Culture”.
99) Most Crossfitters just don’t get “Globo Gym Culture”.
100) The most important thing for a Crossfitter is that they are part of the community.
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