One of the first things that happens when you start CrossFit is that you instantly become less fit. At least you would think this based on the complaints and comments I get from new comers. I don’t think I will ever stop hearing the cry from the fresh fish about how fit they “used to be.” Is CrossFit just hitting them at a low point in their fitness career or does CrossFit require a level of fitness that they have never before achieved or even attempted. I think it is a mixture of both. Many arrive at our doorstep, out of shape and fed up with futile attempts at improved fitness. They have been chewed up and spit out by countless standard gyms with the complimentary sessions that don’t deliver real information and billing systems that cost more to try and quit than it ever cost to work out. I agree that most people are not at the peak of fitness when they arrive, but there is definitely more to it than that. CrossFit is truly revolutionizing the way fitness is approached, delivered, and subsequently achieved. What is considered “fit” at 24 Hour Fitness or Bally’s is just the tip of the ice berg at the average CrossFit gym. It is because of the difference in the demands placed on athletes in CrossFit that make most obvious the gaps in your fitness armor. This revelation due to the variance and intensity that can make one feel weak or even embarrassed after their first CrossFit workout. It’s not that you aren’t in the great shape that you were in back in ‘87. What is actually the case is that you were probably never in the kind shape that you could have been, and CrossFit merely serves as a lense through which to divine truth. Those who stick around take this as a challenge will reap incredible benefits. Those who take it as an insult and wash out will go through two or three more gym memberships bicep curling, and leg extending away, never achieving what we are consistently delivering. Hopefully they come back. We will just have to wait and see.