Don’t Like CrossFit? We Don’t Care

More articles have been appearing lately on the “dangers” of CrossFit. Guess what? We don’t care.

You heard me right. Just like Lorde: We.don’t.care.

Do I mean we are heartless and unfeeling? No. I mean we don’t give a flying barbell. As a community, CrossFitters mostly have stopped giving a damn about BS that scared people write. Most of these negative articles and videos are constructed by people who either have not tried CrossFit, or tried CrossFit and didn’t like it. Too bad for them. Not many of these articles are written by people who like CrossFit, and none appear to be written by CrossFitters who love CrossFit.

In the early years, we used to care. We would get outraged and respond vociferously. How could someone not love the best thing we had found in years? We were telling everyone we knew about our obsession. Our desire (and need) to get the truth out about fitness propelled us into action. We defended aggressively. Now? We know. Much of the world knows. Things have changed in so many places. Like Jacob Tsypkin noted the other day: “The much larger percentage of the population training with barbells, squatting to depth, deadlifting heavy, putting weights overhead, doing interval conditioning, getting good fats in their diet, and on, and on, and on, is largely a series of side effects of the growth of CrossFit, even into ‘globo gyms’ where people think they’re just doing ‘standards’ workouts. Life in the gym has changed for the better for so many people due to CrossFit, whether they realize the impetus behind the change or not.”

So when a new uninformed, scared article comes out attempting to eviscerate CrossFit, we who CrossFit push it to the side and drive on. It’s the Prius in the left lane on the freeway, and we just switch right, hit turbo and rocket past. We don’t need everyone to love CrossFit or to do CrossFit as we know it. We do it, and we know the results — which are evident in our bodies, our lives, our minds, our spirits. We don’t need our truth confirmed by some talking head on TV. We don’t need the validating words of some dude who proclaims himself an exercise “expert.” We don’t care because we already know. And once you know? You can’t go back to the misinformation and the emptiness. It’s like when the cigarette companies kept advertising how wonderful their cigarettes were but we all already knew smoking was death. We didn’t need to hear another report.

So go ahead and write your articles about the supposed “dangers” of CrossFit. Those things are the new smoking. We don’t care. Our lungs are clear and so are our minds. Now, excuse us, it’s time to WOD.

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25 comments
TheBodyblaster
TheBodyblaster

It's funny how some people hear 'we don't care' as 'we don't care', meaning that you are indifferent to others feelings. I 'get' you, on this point. Any person who can constitute within themselves a 'we don't care' is often very caring but at the same time not a victim of petty and snide remarks. We're 'bigger' than that (often literally). Good piece.

Loriannv
Loriannv

Great blog post!!   Though, I'm sorry to see so many angry people out there.  Maybe they need to Crossfit?  :)~  I know it helps me when I'm angry. 

PatrickRMcCarty
PatrickRMcCarty

You use the word "Scared" twice to describe the people who write about the supposed dangers of CrossFit. Scared, how? Afraid of results? Afraid of something better? Afraid they missed the boat? Or just afraid of CrossFIt because it's too hard? 


Are all non-crossfitters "scared people"? Curious as to why you went down that road, Lisbeth. 

KateMizell
KateMizell

So you care so little you wrote an article about just how little you care?

Don't get me wrong, my husband does his CrossFit thing, he's happy, I support that which makes my husband happy therefore I support CrossFit. But this article makes you sound like A) you care a whole hell of a lot about what people say. And B) like a better-than-thou asshole who somehow accepts another person's gains as your own victory (a LA: 'all the reasons you make gains at the gym are because of things your trainer learned from CrossFit...you're welcome!')

I am not a "gym" person and never will be...and part of that reason is for articles like this, which essentially say "fuck all you scardy cats, whiney babies and low-lifting newbs...you are a nothing and we are better than you". Maybe try embracing the attempts of all people to better their bodies and lifestyle as unique to each person and support everyone in their efforts as they are until they ask for your help?

And truly ignore the nay-sayers...that way we'll believe that you don't care.

ThatSocalChick
ThatSocalChick

well put!!

I'm still newish (about 6 months in) but am psyched to finally have found a sport/work-out/exercise that I love and works well for my body.

Any activity can hurt someone and I'm sick and tired of reading the fear mongering.

MatthewWilliams4
MatthewWilliams4

Brilliant, simply brilliant.. That is the best explanation of how I feel.. I got tired of defending what we do and don't feel the need to have everyone on the journey with us.

lisbethdarsh
lisbethdarsh moderator

@PatrickRMcCarty  Ho hum. Patrick McCarty again. We've been down this road enough times, Patrick, to know how it goes. I defend CrossFit, you attack CrossFit. I just don't have the time or energy for you again. Enjoy your Sunday. I'm off to a Super Bowl party at CrossFit HQ -- you know, with all the people who run this company that you love to criticize. 

Ace Herrera
Ace Herrera

@KateMizell  lol. Kate, your lack of care for our lack of caring is evident in your two paragraph response. 


Great post,  Lisbeth. You did it again. 

lisbethdarsh
lisbethdarsh moderator

@KateMizell  Wow, you certainly read a lot into that piece. I guess I'll take your B answer: "better-than-thou asshole" -- no one's ever called me that so it's new for me and I'd like to try it on. Thanks so much for a polite response! 


Allow me to ask though (since I'm an asshole and all): if you're "not a gym person" then why are you wasting time on a blog with a barbell at the top? Go do whatever you care to do! I encourage you to do so and hope you enjoy it! Have a great day!


PatrickRMcCarty
PatrickRMcCarty

@lisbethdarsh @PatrickRMcCarty  You crack me up. This is from the same person who accused me of calling HQ employees "Evil" and then refused to support your allegation. 


You claim I love to criticize HQ people - again, specifics please? I criticize many aspects of CrossFit. Not sure where you find me criticizing the people. I also praise many aspects of CrossFit, a point which is clearly lost on you. You seem to think I have an agenda. You are right. My agenda is to ask questions. I ask questions when something seems off, unsafe, unrealistic, dangerous, misogynistic, or foolish. You seem to be bothered by the fact that I have a voice that is different that yours. You seem highly threatened by that. So you dismiss. 


Rather than dismiss, why not answer the question? Why do you refer to people who criticize CrossFit as "scared"?

Sarahjo83
Sarahjo83

Yep definitely an asshole. You epitomize the arrogant, ignorant cross fitter so congrats. Crossfit is an exercise class, not a sport, and definitely not a training program. You aren't a bunch of spartan athletes or Olympiads. Crossfit is an exercise fad just like p90x, turbo box, Zumba. I've seen it. Real athletes don't have to write and publish bitchy articles about their sport. Very distasteful article and really paints a negative picture, YET AGAIN, of crossfit. Way to go! Have fun WODing while the rest of actually continue TRAINING.

SomethingBeautiful
SomethingBeautiful

@PatrickRMcCarty I have read both yours and @lisbethdarsh  articles and find them each very informative. However, I find that Lisbeth's description is the most accurate to describe some of the uneducated drivel, most punctuated by vulgarity, that is created to negate the benefits of Crossfit. I believe when people resort to vulgarity and useless drivel it is a result of either small-mindedness or lack of supporting fact which is in effect a result of fear of the unknown.


DarlaDunnBradford
DarlaDunnBradford

@Sarahjo83  @katemizell  


I suppose I should let this thread die as Ms. Darsh has moved on with it.  But I wanted to add these words for you to think over. 


Sarah and Kate, yes, we are a classy group.  You came in swinging a verbal bat at a person who has supported, encouraged and challenged more people in our community to greater standards and performance than can be counted on her ‘friends lists’ or ‘likes‘ or comment threads. She is cherished in our community because of her passionate, encouraging and straightforward nature.  And the fact that one person in this whole community called you a rude name, rather than the whole community coming in to verbal rip you apart limb-from-limb for your crude and cruel uninformed insult is proof positive that we are a classy group.


In fact, we would still like to see you find a CrossFit box that suited you. And we would love for you to go back and read more of Lisbeth Darsh's work, and hopefully see what it is that we like about her.  But we know that the negativity and the presumption that was in your heart before you came here and slapped her and our community in the face are still there.  So we understand that means you will only find more of the same thing that originally offended you --because you will be look for it.  And we always find what we are looking for Kate and Sarah, always. 

Maybe in the future you might consider how you voice your irritation over what you read?  Maybe instead of emotionally reacting, reserve the possibility that you are reading too much personal insult into an authors words. Next time, rather that striking out and needlessly offending because you are offended, consider politely and directly telling the author what upset you. Then ask them if what you understood, was really their intention --chances are it's not.  That has the potential of starting a productive conversation, which is far more useful to our common goal of becoming stronger, healthier and happier. Yes?  


We are all trying to share this thing we love the best we know how. 


 Food for thought...

lisbethdarsh
lisbethdarsh moderator

@Sarahjo83  Sarah, maybe you need to go through this blog and read the hundreds of posts that educate people on CrossFit. And while you're there, make sure to read this page: http://wordswithlisbeth.com/about/ -- It tells you clearly that this is my personal blog and not as a "CF representative." (Did you think that would scare me? Sorry, it doesn't. But it was a nice try!) 


Additionally, if you do read through my hundreds of posts, you will find very little of the "virtual middle finger" you seem to see everywhere. There's only one virtual middle finger here, Sarah, and sadly you've been the one holding it up. Why don't you just go do what you love to do? That's what I'm doing. Enjoy life! Take the time you're wasting here on something you don't enjoy, and instead go do something positive and wonderful! Have a wonderful week - I hope you PR many times!

Sarahjo83
Sarahjo83

Foul language doesn't faze me. It's the virtual middle finger attitude that's so pervasive around here. I love lifting weights. I try to educate and include people in this lifestyle everyday. When people argue or say I'm going to hurt myself, I explain what I'm doing and how it PREVENTS injury, for example. I just can't believe that someone who represents crossfit is so blasé and quick to dismiss people and essentially say, if you aren't with us, you're against us. Crossfit for example has introduced lots of women to the barbell and iron. Why be so rude to people and give them one more reason to avoid the gym? This is the impression you, as a CF representative has given and it has left a very poor taste in my mouth.

lisbethdarsh
lisbethdarsh moderator

@Sarahjo83  Hmm. I didn't censor your comment when you attacked me with rough language, Sarah. Not sure why I should censor someone who attacks you with rough language. 


Maybe it's nicer if people are civil to each other and discuss. Something to think about, for all of us. 


Time to get back to training!

Sarahjo83
Sarahjo83

Great page you have here, lisbeth. Classy group of people you associate with.

mikeDitIs
mikeDitIs

Haha sarah just found out shes a cunt

lisbethdarsh
lisbethdarsh moderator

@Sarahjo83  Thanks so much, Sarah! Please vent your anger about my not really caring that you have anger. Enjoy your training and your use of capitalization to make your points. Happy Sunday!

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