Let me talk about something I find irritating (because I like to complain and I like people to know how I feel!). I love CrossFit. I love it so much that I’ve done it for 4 1/2 years (with some breaks for various reasons). I think it’s a great workout and a great way to lose weight. I highly believe in HIIT and I also support the Paleo diet (after a ton of research- I was completely anti-Paleo when I first heard about it and was a vegetarian for 13 years). I love the community. I love good gym owners who have the heart to train you. (I do hate bad gym owners who overlook teaching people proper technique.)
However, I’m so sick of reading about CrossFit (I know, I’m writing about it). Over the years, I’ve known a lot of people to jump on the Paleo bandwagon. Most are actually still with it. But every time somebody jumps on the bandwagon, that’s all they want to talk about. I get it. It’s fun. It feels good to PR. But I kind of feel like it’s lame to buy tons of CrossFit gear and I hate the “Strong is the new skinny” or whatever it is.
First of all, I hate that people focus so much on what’s attractive. I also hate when people put down being skinny. I hate when people put down being curvy. I don’t necessarily hate when people put down being overweight because there are health risks associated with it. But don’t worry, I think it’s just as annoying to be overweight and inactive as it is to be skinny and inactive. I just disagree with being inactive in general. But why when you start doing CrossFit do you really feel the need to wear some shirt that talks about how sexy it is to be strong? Like, cool, everybody wants to be strong now. But did anybody ever actually go around wearing shirts that said, “Skinny is the new sexy” implying that everybody wanted to be skinny? It’s just dumb.
It’s dumb when people want to start eating Paleo and don’t research it. If you are taking the time to change your diet drastically, don’t you want to know why you’re doing it? I read tons and tons and tons of articles and 3-4 entire Paleo books before deciding to change to eating Paleo. I do think it’s just as dumb to change to any diet for any reason without doing research. Your diet fuels your body. You should know and understand why you’re eating the way that you do!
I don’t get the point of making your life all about CrossFit. I don’t get the millions of status updates about your WOD. Oh, and also, I hate when people say, “Want to come WOD with me?” WOD means workout of the day. Does, “Hey, you want to come workout of the day with me?” even make sense? NO! I don’t get posting pictures of you in your new CrossFit shirt. It’s a new shirt. The world cares just as much about your new CrossFit shirt as they do any of your other new shirts. Not at all. And it’s just as silly when all you want is new shirts for Christmas that talk about how cool you are because you do CrossFit. I do own CrossFit shirts from competitions that I was in or from the gyms that I go to. That’s it. Do people wear shirts that say things like, “Running.” Not really. And if they do, they probably don’t think that it makes them look nearly as the people running around in their “CrossFit” shirts. I have effectively PRed in Under Armour tank tops and Nike spandex with no logos. I know. I don’t even own anything Reebok. Who would have thought that was possible?
I find it the most frustrating when CrossFitters put down other forms of exercise. Yes, HIIT has actually been proven to be very effective at weight loss. That’s HIIT. I’m a promotor of HIIT. If you want to do HIIT at LA Fitness, then go ahead! Even when I went to this new CrossFit gym the other day, I said I’d been working out at LA Fitness and got a “yeeeh,” like, how awful! Isn’t the point of working out to be fit? Why is my way of being fit better than your way of being fit? Oh, duh, because I do CrossFit. (Also hate it when people say, “I CrossFit.” You DO CrossFit. It’s not like people run around saying, “I yoga! I yoga! Do you yoga?!”
Clearly, if you have a blog and you want to make it all about CrossFit, then do it. A blog is your own personal space to talk about whatever you possibly want. You can write your opinion freely because it’s your space. I support CrossFit blogs. I support running blogs. I support blogs about dating or whatever you want to blog about. And I’m writing the things that annoy me in my own blog cause I can!
(And by the way, I’m totally going to be one of those people with a 13.1 stickers when I run a half marathon. Oddly enough, CrossFit bumper stickers don’t bother me, as long as they represent your gym.)