Don’t be a CrossFit A$#hole 6 Tips to Be a Good CrossFitter

by Josh Bobrowsky on February 7, 2013

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So you are working out hard, eating clean and feeling awesome. Congrats to you! You are getting strong and looking good, especially naked. These are great things, things that we all work toward. You should be very proud of your acccomplishments However, being fit is not a license to be a jerk.

Just don’t do it!

1.Their New Pr is Not your warm-up- Ok, the new guy at the gym just hit a new PR on deadlift, 155 pounds! He couldn’t be happier. Now is not the time to snatch, overhead squat, power clean or hit a set of 30 deadlifts with that weight. You are strong, it’s tempting to rep out but slow your roll, now is the time to congratulate your fellow CrossFitter not show off.

2. No Rep, Not Your Problem- Unless you are a coach, judge, or on staff it is not your job to no rep your fellow CrossFitters during regular workouts. I get it you see someone doing squats a millimeter above parallel and your brain is about to explode with fury. Don’t do it! Use that primal no rep rage and focus on your own workout push through and become your best not their judge.

3. Big Box Gyms are not your enemy- I love CrossFit and so do you. That doesn’t mean that large gyms are our enemies. It’s a different way of working out. Some of them might even have strange commercials. Just because you don’t do curls and rock out on the elyptical doesn’t mean that you need to hate those who do. You may not agree with the way that they are working out but that’s ok. They might think that our pullups look funny.

4. The grocery store is for picking up food not passing judgment- So you are shopping at the grocery store and you are 83.4% paleo except for your cheat meals. As you are walking through the store this is not a time to instagram, facebook or tweet a picture of the overweight guy and his shopping cart full cookies, snickers, white bread and diet coke. Both you and Mr. Cookie know that his cart is filled with tasty treats that you won’t eat, no need to tell everyone on instagram.

5. Respect Fitness in many forms- Bodybuilding, Figure Competitions, Zumba, MMA, Strongman, Powerlifting P90x, step aerobics, spinning classes, Sports, running the list goes on and on. None of these are CrossFit, as a CrossFitter you probably realize this and because you like CrossFit more than other types of fitness these forms of fitness might make you mad. However, talking badly them them and their athletes makes us look bad as CrossFitters… and not badass in a good way like that guy who just repped out 22 reps on backsquat at 405 pounds , but bad like we are arrogant jerks that other people don’t want to be around.

6.Embrace your non-CrossFit Friends- Before you started CrossFit you likely had some friends that didn’t do CrossFit. When you hang out with those people who don’t do CrossFit talk about interesting things and their interests too. It might sound silly but not that many people outside of CrossFit care about how many burpees you hit at last night’s workout. Remember that guy in high school who walked around always talking about how much he benched? Remember how little you cared about his bench press after the 28th time he told you about it? That’s how some people feel about your Fran, Grace, Burpees, and Prs.

CrossFit is about fitness, community and making yourself better. Not any of the above.


Josh Bobrowsky

Twitter @joshbobrowsky

{ 111 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeff Hughes July 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm

this was fun… excellent!

Josh July 12, 2013 at 10:26 am

All of his advice is “don’t judge or tell other people what to do” but that’s exactly what he’s doing. Fuck off.

Landon Goss July 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Well said

Beth Dahlke July 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Landon what u doing in that pic?

Alex Castagno July 16, 2013 at 6:39 am

Crossfit is gay.

Frank July 16, 2013 at 7:48 am

This article is right on the mark!

Sean Foley July 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Excellent checklist for enjoying your own life experiences in health and fitness. Each to their own! Thanks for posting.

Steven Haché July 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Do you know how to tell someone is crossfitter? Don't worry they'll tell you.

Arron Roberts September 13, 2013 at 12:29 am

Crossfit, circuit training with a reebok logo.
Been around for years just not marketed great for variety in training, just not the be all and end all. People need to get over the “scene”. So many dueches.

Deepak March 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I am a regular gym goer who does crossfit only two days a week due to work conflicts. I like the group workout atmosphere and love the fact that people cheer you on while working out. There are some instances where I want to put my OWN choice of music and work out alone IN PEACE without people yelling in my ear to finish the last rep with crappy form! I personally think any gym is a place to just strictly workout and NOT socialize! FYI – Not introducing yourself to the new person does not make you a bad person. Some gyms have this burpee penalty if you don’t introduce yourself to others. I mean come on, I don’t have to be friends with all 300 members who go to the gym!

One more thing, seek olympic lifting advice from power lifters. They are well qualified to talk about it.

Nice article Josh! Nice last name, sounds like the Blue Jackets goal tender :)

JM July 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

The fact that you have to coach people how not to be assholes tells us all that we need to know about Crossfit. It’s not just a way to be better conditioned. It’s a way to feel that you’re better than everyone else. Gee, what a surprise that assholes are attracted to Crossfit.

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