There are a lot of haters out there. It leaves me wondering why we become fixated and believe that there is only one way to do things. As CrossFitter’s we have heard all of the bad press about why we shouldn’t CrossFit. It’s too competitive, it’s too intense, it’s only for hardcore athletes, and most recently I heard it’s only for YOUNG people. Oh, excuse me for participating. I’ll just close the gym and go get my AARP card.
Unfortunately, this outlash at CrossFit left some of us feeling cornered. So what do we do? We strike back. "Who wants to do ZUMBA? How boring and inefficient is that?" "Globo-gym? No way." Honestly, if people are doing SOMETHING let’s give them credit. Let’s say "hey, that’s cool – keep at it!"
And how about diets? Paleo is the way and the only way. Diets were really on my mind when I started this blog, and then I was distracted by another CrossFit bashing or should I say CrossFit ignorance. But oh the diet. The Paleo diet. Before everyone gets up in arms don’t get me wrong. I do it and I know it works. I feel better, I have more energy, I sleep better. But I struggle with it 100%. I’m not sure why. Maybe I’m weak. Maybe I just want to indulge (no – I WILL NOT use the word ‘cheat’), now and then. And when I indulge I don’t want to feel guilty. My cortisol levels are high enough, thank you very much. I don’t need to stress about eating a cookie. Or having a glass of wine. Because those indulgences are 10-15% of the time. Let me enjoy them.
Our gym just finished a 30 day nutrition challenge. Everyone was AWESOME. This has been a great challenge and it really is a very effective way to introduce people to eating clean. But I also have a member who recently lost over 50 pounds through Weight Watchers. She is consistent in her work outs and Weight Watcher’s has helped her with her diet. Am I going to tell her she’s doing it wrong? No, I'm not. I’m going to cheer loudly for her success and for something that is working so well for her.
So what’s my point? Lighten up, people. Let’s be open minded and flexible. The goal is to be fit. Do we think our way is the best? Yes, of course we do. We should always try to bring people over, but let’s not become as small minded as everyone else. Walk the walk and people will want to do what
As far as the people that are hatin’ on CrossFit, all we can do is continue to ‘inform’ them of the truths. The people that are spewing the negative simply have no idea. I’ll just keep DOING CrossFit and they can just keep talking about it.