Father Andrew's Hot Body Gym

November 26, 2009

Crossfit Break Up???

Filed under: real talk — Tags: , — joshuaeller @ 1:07 pm

Very interesting news on the Crossfit, Inc. front. Robb Wolf, the resident diet guru has been fired.  You can read his account of the happenings here.  Another take, and one that corroborates Robb’s story, from the highly esteemed Olympic lifter Greg Everett can be found here.

So, you might say, someone got fired.  Big deal.  Maybe, and maybe not.  It is important to keep in mind that there is a difference between the philosophy of Crossfit and the growing corporate juggernaut that is Crossfit, Inc.  From the beginning, the philosophy has always been open to argument and criticism.  This latest tangle seems to suggest that the corporate entity is not following a course of action that is consistent with it’s own stated philosophy.  This could have huge consequences for the business of Crossfit.

What is equally fascinating is the lure that these proceedings have for me.  Through the web, I have become attached to and a devoted follower of a movement and of people whom I’ve never met.  I have carefully followed the development of the company, which is now growing globally, and seen its effects in my own life and that of my friends.  However, amid all of this success, I’ve expected this kind of division. The entire enterprise is growing too rapidly and too large to avoid these kinds of occasional skirmishes.  Hopefully it will leave all parties better off than they were.

The important thing is that local gyms keep their heads down in the trenches doing the good work that they’ve started.  In my opinion, the Crossfit philosophy is sound, and will continue to revolutionize fitness, regardless of what Crossfit, Inc. decides to do on a corporate level. Somehow, that last sentence sounds as though I don’t appreciate what the Glassmans have done.  I do.  I don’t think firing Wolf was a good move, but I’m still grateful to Crossfit, Inc. for bringing health to me  that I would never have found any other way.

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2 Comments »

  1. No doubt I/we will continue to follow CrossFit methodology for our fitness goals, but it does make me a little glad that we haven’t affiliated yet. Let’s sit back and see what happens as CrossFit, Inc. reaches it’s adolescence. Will it mature gracefully into a well-rounded adult? Or will in-fighting and arrogance be its undoing? I hope for the former, but only time will tell.

    Comment by Mara — November 29, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

  2. […] the value of women, Melissa Urban’s letter to her mom, and inspired negatively by the current controversy within Crossfit surrounding Robb Wolf. This is also meant as a challenge and encouragement for men in the community […]

    Pingback by Crossfit Culture and the Lack of the Male Voice « Father Andrew's Hot Body Gym — December 21, 2009 @ 10:52 am


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