What is this CrossFit you speak of???

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What is this CrossFit you speak of???

CrossFit Coach, gentleman, scholar, and part time baby-sitter.

12 Days of Christmas WOD!

KK 2.0 doing big things.

Paul Hahn being a BOSS!

Warm-up: Joint Mobility and Dynamic Stretching

Snatch: 3 Position – High Hang, Hang, Floor

Front Squat: Heavy 3

MetCon – Tabata:
Regular Plank
Rotate through until you complete 8 rounds of each.

<Insert obligatory reminder about being closed Friday, Saturday, and Monday (Boxing Day).>

We had some chatter going at 6AM earlier this week or last about what, exactly, CrossFit is, and how do you explain it to people when they ask?  We have asked this question on the blog before many moons ago, so let me pose it again.  What do you tell people when they ask you what you do for working out?  Does anyone accuse you of being in a cult?  What’s the  best answer you can give a prospective friend wanting to know more about your love affair with CrossFit Ktown?

I still don’t have a good elevator pitch,
Coach G

FREE Saturday last weekend

Jeph's proof that he worked hard in yesterday's MetCon.

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:50+00:00 December 21st, 2011|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|7 Comments


  1. Callie December 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    That’s a good question! It depends on how much time we have and how interested they seem. Things I usually include: It’s an hour workout that normally consists of a thorough warm-up, a strength session and the “workout of the day.” The movements include stretching, mobility, Olympic & power lifts, but also body weight exercises like pull-ups, push-ups, running, jumping. They are functional movements that your body was designed to perform. It tests and builds your overall fitness, and it carries over into everyday life. The workouts are planned for you months ahead of time, and the programming is the some of the best around. Despite all these benefits what makes it for me is the camaraderie. You have no choice but to meet a whole new group of incredible people that hold you accountable and want to see you do well. If they’re still listening I go into nutrition and how much weight I’ve lost. When in doubt you can always refer someone to the main site and the link, “what is crossfit?” However, someone is always going to pay more attention to what you have to say about it from personal experience than you directing them to a website.

  2. crossfitktown December 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Well, Callie, I’m glad you gave your very insightful input. I am sad that we didn’t have more responses here though.


  3. Callie December 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Me too! I was interested in hearing what other people have to say. They could probably never get past that fantastic picture of you and Teigan in order to read the question ;-)

  4. Jake December 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I usually just tell them to google it

  5. crossfitktown December 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Hahahaha good work Jake, very “Thoreau.” See what I did there?
    -Miss J

  6. G8r Dave December 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I told Coach G I was thinking quite a bit about this answer, to the question of what is this thing we do. I guess it’s time to try to capture it in writing.
    I tell folks, and since I have seen many more winters than most here, I have tried just about everything that can be tried and that CF is, in my opinion, “unique”. It does many of the things that other sports do, like running, or body building, or yoga. But it combines them in a very structured way (I avoid using “programming” until I’m on my third or fourth discussion) that produces gains that are often greater than if you had done just one sport all alone. I talk about “functional movements”, meaning things we are likely to do in real life. When people say you have to already be an athlete to even begin CF, I also emphasize the scaling. Many people have seen the CF Games on TV and I say that through scaling, a 52 year old man can empathize with, can understand the mental and physical toll of a WOD like that, as it is performed by some of the fittest young people on Earth. I point out the utter equality we have in the gym, that men and women are equally at home, and safe from stereotypes, that women whom I outweigh by many pounds can out-do me on many exercises…and that we celebrate that. Like Callie, I try to end with the fun, the camaraderie, the fellowship of shared suffering. I describe the closeness you feel to a person who was a total stranger as the clock counts down, but whom is yelling for you to finish at the end. I try to explain that I feel a kinship with many reading this that is sublime, mystifying, and very satisfying, because in a world filled with such phoniness, such pretense, such falseness, that in our gym, there are no secrets. We know our strengths and limitations, and we share them in our efforts to just get better at things.

  7. SteveK December 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Well said Dave and Callie. I just say its a cult.

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