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Fitness Angst/Nike: Effing Just Do It, Already

Had dinner last night with Rho and her brother Randy. It turns out that he has joined Crossfit and started eating paleo down in Florida. He highly recommends Crossfit. He’s basking in the glow of that fitness honeymoon phase, a state I remember well from my TKD time – days would go by when all I wanted to do was kick. I’m jealous.

Auuuugh!!! The Crossfit website has been taunting me for weeks. I want to join, but are they a cult??? IS their fitness as functional as they claim? (There is controversy in the blogosphere, after all.) Do they work out too many times a week doing exercises that aren’t varied enough? From their posts, all the Crossfit bloggers seem chronically sore and injured. (This is similar to the hardcore martial artists I know.) If you only do Crossfit 2x a week, and something else on the other days, will they look down on you and say that you are weak willed and stupid? ARE they a cult??? Even if they are, is it my DESTINY??? Aaaaaargh!!!

That said, what I need is a fitness religion, not a cult. A community broad and deep enough to believe in without crushing doubt and disillusionment, and an activity that can get me into a Csikszentmihalyi-ish state of flow every once in a while. Also, something that works.

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