We’ve come a long way educating the world about our crazy workout ways. Gyms have opened everywhere, and CrossFit has become a popular topic in mainstream media. However, even though the general public now seems to know something about CrossFit, we’re a long way from where we need to be.
1. Cities have no clue how to categorize us.
CrossFit gym owners will tell you that the city has no idea how to classify CrossFit boxes. Is it a gym? A health club? A personal training center? CrossFit gyms can be found in a million different city zones. Some cities only want CrossFit gyms in commercial zones, and some only want them in industrial zones. The confusion comes from simply not knowing what CrossFit is. The only “gyms” they know have machines and treadmills, and they need 300 parking spaces. We are still very much outside the mold.
2. We don’t understand muscles, especially on women.
I recently watched an episode of New Girl in which a girl was ridiculed as masculine because she had muscles and could do push-ups. I realize this is in comparison to Zooey Deschanel’s character, who is barely capable of lifting her knitting needles, but it was pretty insulting. Models are either stick thin or “plus size,” which most of the time just means they have slightly more fat on them. As it turns out, if you have muscles, you’re also going to be larger than the average model, but by no means does this make you “fat.” We simply don’t know what “” looks like.
3. Our perceptions come from CrossFit fail videos.<
Stop posting these. Why doesn’t anyone post videos of mobility classes and beginners classes and elderly clients relearning how to move? Why don’t we post CrossFit movement theory videos? The only current perception is that people get hurt doing CrossFit. Our gyms are more than just hot people getting shredded. If we want validity in society, we have to demonstrate the fundamental, positive changes we produce.
4. Our kids have no idea how to move.
I recently taught a group of 18-year-olds who had never been required to do physical activity since playing tag in PE in middle school. When our young adults have so little mobility that they can’t squat, what do we expect them to be capable of at age 40? CrossFitters are teaching kids movements that they are not getting in school and attitudes they aren’t getting from their PE coaches. Our kids are not only sedentary but they also have very little movement vocabulary. “Running the mile” at school is not the only way to be .
CrossFit has a place in this society and could obviously bene us greatly. However, we have a responsibility to show the true value of CrossFit — teaching kids what healthy is, teaching sound movement quality to our adult population, changing an unhealthy perception of beauty, and showing society the value of community and small business.
Allison Truscheit is the owner of CrossFit Synapsein North Hollywood, California. She is also a two-time Southern California Regional competitor, who placed seventh in 2013, a nationally ranked competitor for USA Weightlifting, a CrossFit Level-1 trainer, a USAW Sports Performance coach and a YogaWorks 200-hour yoga teacher.