Life and mannerisms in the box often do not translate well into "real life". Many of the things we say and do at CrossFit would receive odd looks and raised eyebrows outside the box. Here are 11 examples of things Crossfitters do at the gym that are socially inappropriate everywhere else.
1. Walking around with chalk handprints covering various parts of our bodies
At CrossFit all this indicates is that the workout involved a tight grip. In the supermarket it looks like Casper has been grabbing at your backside.
2. Sudden loud grunting and screaming
During lifts, other heavy movements, or a particularly difficult WOD, grunting is a sign of power and strength, walking down the street and grunting may lead to many people briskly crossing to the other side.
3. Throwing yourself on the floor
Hand in that big report at work this am? Immediately fall to the floor. While we may do this maneuver post-workout at CrossFit, I would love to see your boss’ face if you applied this technique in the office.
4. Discussions concerning any of the named workouts
“How long did it take you to do Fran?”
“Not as long as it took me to do Murph! But we all know I do Karen faster than Grace.”
5. Telling people about how you just peed a little
While I personally think the world would be better off if we could all announce this bodily reality without judgment, trust me when I say the response will be more favorable to another Crossfitter after those 200 double-unders than to the stranger sitting next to you on the bus.
6. Expecting everyone to clean
After your party Saturday night, this is a far-fetched thing to expect. At your box, entirely reasonable.
7. The constant discussion of BACON
Bacon is paleo, and delicious, and while we all love to discuss the various ways and quantities in which we consume it, others may find this entirely repulsive.
8. Casually saying things that sound vaguely sexual
“Make sure you get deep enough with your thrusters.”
“I prefer the snatch, but I also love jerking.”
9. Suddenly and aggressively tearing off your shirt
While the taking-off-of-the-shirt mid-workout is common at most gyms, and in my opinion it signifies that things are starting to getting real, I would not recommend this action during a PTA meeting or while you’re waiting in line at Starbucks.
10. Sporting the patented double-under whip marks
I will always find the inadvertent kinkiness of double-unders highly amusing.
11. Simply talking about CrossFit in general
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Katie is a recent graduate of New York University, and is currently in graduate school, working towards an advanced degree in women's health. In her free time she contributes to Bustle, an online community providing a fresh spin on news, entertainment, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, books, and any and all subjects that concern women.
Chris Spealler is not only a CrossFit legend, but he's arguably the best bodyweight specialist to ever compete at the CrossFit Games. Watching him fly through muscle ups or handstand walk his way past the competition was truly amazing and inspiring to watch.
With over a decade of CrossFit experience as both a coach and athlete, and with 6 Games appearances, Chris Spealler has racked up a wealth of knowledge on proper movement and technique.