Anyone else think crossfit is ridiculously expensive? I actually think I am starting to go anti-crossfit. People overtrain and it becomes like a cult. Why do people crossfit? Do they lack motivation to work out on their own? Just venting here but I'm curious.
CROSSFIT is too damn expensive!
I agree that CrossFit is too expensive.
I also know I lack motivation to work out on my own. If I could find a CrossFit with a coach that didn't suck ass, I would pay up in a heartbeat.
I think it all depends on the person, I know plenty of normal people that CrossFit. I also know a couple that take it too seriously.
I'm confused: CROSSFIT IS FREE!! Log onto the main site and do the workouts? Where else do you get such an awesome program for nothing??? and why do so many people run it down???? Who's fault is it if you overtrain??? Who's fault is it if you overeat?? or fail to eat clean???? The whole "cult" thing is ridiculous; we joke about it all the time. Are people who eat paleo in a "cult". Are vegitarians in a cult?
My CrossFit gym cost me $100 a month for unlimited sessions. I usually go 4 times a week @ 6 bucks a visit. My co-workers pay twice that for their daily frappa-mocha-trent'e. For my money I get personal attention at every workout. A personal trainer would cost a lot more. Could I do this on my own? sure but working out with this community is way more fun and challenges me every workout. I did crossfit in my basement for a couple years before Spartan CrossFit opened up in my area. Since moving up from my basement gym I have someone to watch my technique and correct improper form which lessens the chance of injury. I have a group of friends that inspire me to push myself to do the best I can.
FYI: I'm a 52 year old Firefighter/paramedic that has lost 25lbs this year since going paleo & doing CrossFit. I'm in better overall shape than ever in my life. I'm a better (safer) firefighter because of CrossFit. The police officers who work out at my gym are better cops because of CrossFit.
If CrossFit doesn't work for you PLEASE find something that does... But don't bad-mouth it because it doesn't fit your lifestyle or pocketbook.
I've been in the fitness industry (personal training, group ex, boot camps, nutrition coaching, etc.) for years and have been working out since I was a kid (not counting years of martial arts, youth sports, etc.)
I have literally done it all and the only thing that I have experienced that tops a Crossfit workout for sheer intensity is the workouts my sadistic Krav Maga instructor put us through.
I do think that many Crossfitters (based on personal experience) are overtraining. There is no reason to go 5 days a week. I have generally put up the best AMRAPS (@ RX w/ no modifications) on every workout I've gone to and I think that this is one of the reasons why.
Crossfit is not a perfect system and it isn't the be-all-end-all that some Crossfitters believe it to be, but Crossfit does A LOT of things right and I am VERY happy that they are getting more popular.
Crossfit has done an awesome job with getting women to lift weights and take pride in being strong, the competition makes working out a lot more fun and exciting, the movements are generally scalable and functional, AND Crossfit has generally embraced Paleo/Primal, bringing it into the mainstream much quicker than if the Crossfit community didn't exist.
It's all about what YOU consider to be bang for your buck. Yes $150 per month is expensive if you are not seeing any gains, don't enjoy the interaction at your box or only go a couple times a week.
There are so many negative spins you can put on that cost. That was just to name the obvious few.
On the positive for me, I love the interaction and the passion and encouragement of my trainer (not to be confused with a cult leader) and fellow CFers. I go at least 5 times a week (maths = about $7.50 per session, much cheaper than a pump class with only half the squat ROM) and thoroughly enjoy sharing in other peoples CF gains and experiences.
I love that my outlook on life has changed for the better, not to mention that getting those heavy items off the top shelf in the kitchen is so much easier now. I also look better in strapless frocks and you simply cannot put a cost on that at 42yrs of age :)
If I did not get these positives or felt that I was paying too much I wouldn't go. It's a choice. If you don't want to pick up the bar then don't. If you don't want to go to CF, then don't. Walk away with your $150 and spend it where the outcome makes YOU feel good.
It's pricey, but that monthly due comes with an on site trainer. I didn't join a gym (box?) because it's too expensive for me. I built a home gym in my garage.
I hear you on the cult like attitudes. If I ever mentioned that I couldn't keep up with the 3 on 1 off schedule because I was too sore, people would tell me that I "wasn't really doing CrossFit then, so I couldn't complain about anything."
I dunno too much about crossfit specifically, but I always advise people to above all else make sure they are working out in a sustainable manner. If it requires a lot of money, driving, sales pitches or any other annoyances, the odds of you actually sticking with it are way lower.
I workout with kind of crude equipment that I've stuffed into my office at work. Is my workout the best out there? Nope. Is it one where I have zero excuses about not doing it? Absolutely. This is why I don't recommend people to even start out with a gym membership. I think an effective, simple, sustainable program can be built out of pull/chinups, pushups, jump squats, calf raises, wrist rollers etc. Buy one of those door-mounted chinup bars, some dumbbells if you want and so forth and I bet you could arrive at something that is at least 80% as effective as using all of the equipment at a gym. If it's 80% as effective but you do it for 10x as long, obviously it's way better.
There's a lot of antagonism these days toward anything not involving a barbell, but that's silly. All that matters is that you're doing something with at least a reasonable amount of intensity/frequency/volume and that there's some measure of progress workout to workout.
I saw a guy on here say that he just finished a "12 week strength course at Crossfit" and then listed his routine. I was thinking "that's basically Starting Strength with minor modification!" Could have saved a ton of $$ doing that a local gym.
I think that Crossfit is great if you like a group workout environment. If you like to fly solo or use the gym for stress release then perhaps it is not for you. I think Robb Wolf had a good point about the fact that every few years the top athletes at the Crossfit games changes. He says that this is due to burnout and unlike every other sport you get worse past a certain time point not better. But I have some friends who swear by it so to each their own (as long as you leave those annoying "today's WOD is X" out of your facebook/twitter updates :-)
I agree: CF is overpriced, because most CF trainers suck. They are often inexperienced, uneducated, and have little idea how to program effectively. What they have going for them is mostly enthusiasm and sometimes, a basic understanding of Paleo.
If you find a good gym with excellent trainers, like Kelly Starrett's gym in SF, you should be willing to pay double what they charge, and you will easily get your money's worth.
If you think that $150/mo. is too much to pay for shitty coaching, you are spot-on. If you think that $150/month is too much to pay for excellent coaching, you simply aren't serious about training.
(To be honest, most people who pay $150/month for CF aren't that serious about their training, but they can either afford it or they enjoy the camaraderie. And don't underestimate the camaraderie. It's awesome, and vitally important for long-term fitness success for most people.)
In CF's defense: all of the criticism above apply to non-CF trainers and gyms, too, except most globogym memberships are cheaper than $150/month. There are many extremely crappy non-CF personal trainers who charge $60+ per HOUR.
The fitness industry as a whole is plagued by a large number of overpriced, undereducated trainers who fail to deliver on their promises. This is further compounded by the fact that the general public has no clue how to effectively train themselves, so they have a hard time figuring out who the true experts are. The situation is very similar to the problems that face nutrition counseling.
Find experienced coaches who know what they're doing, and pay whatever they charge. You will save so much on long-term medical bills and injury treatment that it will be worth it. (I guess the catch-22 is that most people don't know how to figure out if the coaches are any good!)
(FWIW, I was briefly a trainer at a CF gym.)
Dave - if you have to ask why people CrossFit you will never understand any answer given to you.
Best of luck to you in the future when you make broad statements with huge assumptions. Personally I pay $150 a month and I KNOW that I receive top notch training and the environment in which I train is unmatched. People spend $150/month on all sorts of BS...cable, phone, entertainment, etc. If you can't afford to invest in your health and longevity now I really don't know what to tell ya other than good luck in 25+ years.
If you get any angry answers I would say it's due to the abrasive manner in which your original post was worded.
To each their own! But CrossFit isn't for me, even if it wasn't out of my price range. I think they're a fantastic program - for people that want to be part of a program. But there's so much I can do on my own to improve my fitness, for free, outside of a gym, and away from people, which is what I prefer.