This is a day I’ve been waiting on for a long time. The Beat Box is officially open.
When I first found out about CrossFit more than five years ago, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Then I read an article from 2002 entitled “What is Fitness” by Greg Glassman (CrossFit’s founder). The first paragraph had me hooked:
Outside Magazine crowned triathlete Mark Allen “the fittest man on earth.” Let’s just assume for a moment that this famous six-time winner of the IronMan Triathlon is the fittest of the fit, then what title do we bestow on the decathlete Simon Poelman who also possesses incredible endurance and stamina, yet crushes Mr. Allen in any comparison that includes strength, power, speed, and coordination?
Mr. Glassman went on to describe and define fitness, and the CrossFit approach to attaining fitness. He put the words simply yet comprehensively, and it struck me like a lightning bolt. With my history of bodyweight calisthenics in the military, and my attempts at different bodybuilding programs straight out men’s magazines, CrossFit immediately seemed revolutionary. I’m a skeptic by nature, but this just made so much sense.
Have a read, and let me know if you’re struck the same way.