How Will You Work Out When CrossFit’s No Longer Hip?
Fitness programs typically don’t have much staying power. People are already saying adios to Zumba and Pilates. The cheapest and simplest routines are more likely to be keepers. Think down dog.
Interesting question… I’ve been doing Crossfit for three years now. I guess that puts me in Wave 2, i.e. the people who joined before it was mainstream but after the early days. That said it’s always been clear that fitness evolves. 10 years ago I was a triathlete, before that a marathon runner, and before that I lifted weights and played racquetball (does anyone still do that?).
I assume Crossfit will evolve. My gym is combining Crossfit with yoga (aka bro-ga) as we learn that we need to stretch more to achieve better fitness. I assume many gyms will begin to add new elements like different music (you can only take so much Eminem before it gets old), catering to different audiences, and trying new routines. The two I can easily imagine:
- Crossfit for Seniors. One gym in Santa Cruz does this already, I expect others will follow suit. This will focus on mobility and strength but with less of the explosive movements like box jumps that lead to injury.
- Crossfit + Gymnastics. One of the most rewarding parts of Crossfit for many people is being able to do pull-ups and play on rings and do some cool moves.
I’m sure there are more and eventually it won’t be recognizably Crossfit but rather “exercise”. That’s okay.