Most CrossFit athletes are extremely passionate about their personal journey and experience with this fantastic fitness regimen. However, passion can sometimes blur our vision; our rationality takes a back seat to our emotions. It’s difficult to harness matters of the heart, so sometimes CrossFit fanatics can take their love a little too far. CrossFit should be about expanding our community, not turning people off with an abrasive demeanor.
To be sure you’re not coming off as a CrossFit snob, here are some bad-attitude indicators:
You believe every other fitness endeavor to be inferior.
Here’s the deal: When you find yourself in a heated debate with your runner buddies, stop and take a second to appreciate the fact that they are active at all. If you’re going to dish out speeches, it should be to those who don’t tend to their health in any way. An even then, support is better than speeches. Outlining what CrossFit is and why it’s so effective is more than enough. No need to put down other means of movement.
You openly discuss people being “good” or “bad” at CrossFit.
Come on, people. This community was built on the idea that anybody can do CrossFit, so to identify anybody as being “bad” at CrossFit is a crock of sh*t. If it’s form and fundamentals that are poor, I get the criticism, but it’s probably not that they’re “bad”; they simply lack the knowledge they need to safely do the movements. And anybody who is trying deserves a little credit ... they are doing more than most.
You roll your eyes at people who have a diet other than Paleo.
Please. It’s common knowledge that although Paleo is a popular solution, it’s not for everybody, CrossFitter or not. There are plenty of health benefits and the foundational ideas are brilliant, but everybody is built differently and it’s important to recognize that nutrition is a very individualized thing. Support healthy eating in all forms.
You’re an obnoxious cheerleader.
We all know that some support at the end of a rough one is appreciated. That being said, different people prefer different modes of encouragement. It’s important to take into consideration that the beginner who you are loudly tongue-lashing may not be ready for such tough tactics. The coaches in your gym should be good at reading each athlete, and they can help set the tone for what a person is prepared for. Don’t scare away new participants with screaming.
You disregard personal commitments in favor of coming to class.
As a trainer, I do think it’s important to do your best to be consistent and commit to your regular routine. However, when you start blowing off other important events (like time with friends and/or family or even work), you may be going too far. It’s important to establish balance in your life, and if you’re letting everything else slide, people will view CrossFit in a poor light. Share your passion with other people, but be sure they know it’s not all-consuming.
The CrossFit community is growing like wildfire. It’s no longer an underground trend; it’s a worldwide way of life. But be sure that you recognize that it might not be for everybody. Share your passion in a way that will pull people in rather than push them away, and it will only strengthen our growing band of fitness fanatics. Putting ourselves on a pedestal is profoundly pretentious, so let’s just change the world with powerful and positive passion for CrossFit.
Co-Owner/Trainer, CrossFit 8035