Saturday, July 6, 2013

From the Sidelines...

Interesting article on Crossfit's founder Greg Glassman here. He seems like a bit of a dick. It says a lot about the sport that the Crossfit empire hired a bunch of lawyers, instead of a bunch of physiologists. And if Crossfit truly is a sport, then it can hardly remain branded, can it? I mean, it is just a workout consisting of a bunch of exercises that everyone already knew how to do. I can put a workout together. I never took a $1000 course. You don't need to pay anyone to do Crossfit. You just need to call it something different.

Which is not to say that there aren't some great Crossfit gyms in Ottawa. Because there are.

Imagine if someone tried to brand a track workout or a swim set. It seems ridiculous. We've been training for endurance events, like triathlons and road races, using Crossfit-type workouts as the strength-training portion of the plan. We are recreational athletes just trying to be as fit as we can given the bodies we were given, the lives we lead, and the free time, energy and money that we have. I don't think this "empire" deserves a dime of it.

So I'll call our combination of walk, run, bike, and swim training, olympic weight-lifting, calisthenics, gymnastics, and yoga something different - multifit. With a small "m". Not branded, not trade-marked. And a team of lawyers will never need to come after me.

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