Opinion: In Defense of the Middle-Aged, Suburban CrossFitter

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I felt compelled to write this piece after reading the New York Times Magazine essay, “Why Are Americans So Fascinated with Extreme Fitness?”

In it, the author describes CrossFitters as pitiful lemmings willing to jump off an athletic cliff due to an inability to think for themselves: “Despite the inherent risks of hundreds of thousands of people dabbling in Olympic weight-lifting techniques at their local strip malls, CrossFitters seem utterly dedicated to their hard-core workouts. …And the path to this world is necessarily lined with E.R. visits.”

She continues, in a quest to answer her headline question:

CrossFitters represent just one wave of a fitness sea change, in which well-to-do Americans abandon easy, convenient forms of exercise in favor of workouts grueling enough to resemble a kind of physical atonement. For the most privileged among us, freedom seems to feel oppressive, and oppression feels like freedom.

I couldn’t disagree more.

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Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Awesome Holiday Gifts for CrossFit Athletes

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When we asked Jeff Liebreich, co-owner of the South Philly and Penn’s Landing CrossFit boxes, Fearless Athletics, to do a CrossFitter’s gift guide for our series this year, we had no idea he’d come back with not one, but two food items on his shopping list. Our takeaway? That CrossFit makes you very, very hungry—even for what might be the best-ever cheat-day dessert.

Below, Jeff’s killer ideas for what to get the CrossFit enthusiast in your life.

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The So-Dubbed “Fittest Man on Earth” Eats Two Pounds of WHAT Every Week?!

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If someone asked you to list the foods you think the Fittest Man on Earth eats on the regular, you would probably rattle off every superfood you could think of: kale, sweet potatoes, quinoa. Well, you would be wrong. When asked about his diet, the recently re-crowned Fittest Man on Earth, four-time winner of the CrossFit Games Rich Froning, told Refinery29, “Bro, I don’t eat veggies really. Ranch dressing on veggie trays is about what I do.” Say whaaat?

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BeWOW: The 21-15-9 Workout

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Did any of you guys catch the CrossFit Games this weekend? I stumbled onto them on ESPN2 the other night, and for the next three hours I watched the most insanely fit people on the planet do unthinkable things with their bodies in the name of fitness. It. Was. Awesome.

The point of CrossFit is to train in every aspect of fitness to create a well-rounded athlete. This keeps the body guessing and working hard, plus you wind up pushing your body to places you never thought possible. What a great fitness philosophy, right?

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New CrossFit Gym Opening in Pennsport This Weekend with a Free Workout

crossfitCrossFit 2 St. (Get it? Like, Second Street?) will celebrate its grand opening this weekend in Pennsport at 1323 South 2nd Street. The box is a second location for co-owner David Lee, who also own CrossFit Manayunk; his business partner on the Pennsport box is  George Caroulis.

On Saturday, CF2ST will host an opening party with eats, drinks and a free W.O.D. (that’s Workout of the Day for you CrossFit newbies) at 11. This will also be your chance to get all your CrossFit questions answered. Like, finally.

Get more info about CF2ST here.