Not CrossFit the Sport, CrossFit the Tool


Don’t forget why we do this stuff, people. Sometimes we all need a bit of self-analysis to figure out if we have fallen into the “just trying to get good at exercising” trap. CrossFit is incredible, yes, but it is still supposed to be a tool.

Reinforcing this perspective doesn’t detract from the modality, in my opinion. Rather, it only opens doors of opportunity made available by a certain level of fitness.

It’s even commanded to us at the end of “Elite Fitness in 100 Words or Less:” “Regularly learn and play new sports.”

I think the spectators at this year’s CrossFit Games finally saw what we all anticipated of the future, and that’s this idea that people are going to get fit with CrossFit and go out and do amazing things. Period.

Well, it’s happening. Terry Adams came out and performed an incredible show between events in the tennis arena this year. In his case, he’s using CrossFit to win X Games gold. The previous day’s event included a Moto X event, where another CrossFitting action sports star soared through the air claiming CrossFit as his tool for success.

It’s always been the Navy SEALs, firemen and police officers. But, with the predominance of the CrossFit Games, I think we are forgetting that CrossFit can be (and is) a recreational tool for so many people.

Carl Paoli shocked the crowd when his B-Boy dance crew took the arena floor. The hyped crowd was left nodding their heads, “I don’t care who you are. That was awesome!”

Not only was it awesome, it’s the “What is fitness?” article manifested in real life. So, here’s the challenge. How can we leverage all this fitness to go out and take on amazing new modalities, sports, movement patterns and so on?

What are you going to do with all the fitness?

— Logan Gelbrich