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A drug is “a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.”
I would argue that exercise is a drug—it certainly takes on a medicinal role and causes physiological effects when introduced to the body.
If exercise is a drug, then CrossFit is the meth of the fitness drug ring.
No one starts off doing meth, am I right? It’s super sketchy, super intimidating, gets a bad wrap on the internet and is only for the most hardcore of people.
Just like meth, with Crossfit you start off slow, test the waters, possibly with a group of friends in an on-ramp program. You think, maybe Crossfit will help me become a better athlete, a better runner, a more powerful athlete, maybe drop a few pounds? And then…it happens. One thing leads to another, things get outta control and you are in way over your head.
You find youself totally addicted, laying awake at night thinking about taking another hit tomorrow. This time maybe you will go a little harder, a little heavier, maybe a little faster.
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Signs you may be an addict
1. You’re a quitter
You started Crossfit with the intention of shedding a few pounds, or perhaps to train for another sport. However, once the Crossfit high set-in you quickly realized that it was more fun and gave you better results than those boring marathons you were running and promptly quit everything else you were previously doing to spend all your time doing Crossfit.
2. You’ve changed
You walked in the door with the hopes of leaning out a little but soon found your focus shifting to performance. Instead of staring at yourself in the mirror of a globo gym you were staring at the whiteboard and marvelling at the strength of everyone around you. Your goals changed from wanting just a bikini bod to wanting to be the best athlete you could be.
3. You go to bed thinking about it
The adrenaline rush just thinking about the next workout has you hitting the refresh button on your phone awaiting your fate. The excitment of the pain that tomorrow will bring makes it hard to sleep. Or…maybe it’s that sore shoulder from a few too many butterfly pull-ups that makes it hard to sleep.
4. Your circle of friends has changed
Most of your friends are addicts too, you just get each other. #addictsrolltogether
5. You’re body is pretty haggared
You’re beat up, bruised, blistered and sore as fuck…yet you keep coming back for more.
6. Rest days are torturous
A day off exercise cold-turkey aint easy. You find yourself with a case of the ol’ jimmy legs craving the CrossFit high. A 5-mile ruck is active recovery right?
7. You have home-made CrossFit paraphinalia
Broomsticks, PVC pipe, plywood squat rack, rusty pipe pull-up bar…no no, i’m not talking about Kamloops Crossfit, i’m talking home-made garage junk to help you work on those skills outside of the gym. For some reason the more ghetto your shit is, the more bad ass you feel.
8. You skip social functions
You’re basically just a sketchy CrossFit junky at social functions. What you really crave is a night of R&R to prep for the next big hit. You can’t even go on vacation without toting along a set of dumbells to hit a beach WOD.
9. You spend all your money on fitnessing
Metcons, lifters, nanos, belts, wraps, knee sleeves, lulu’s, courses, certifications….you be dropping dimes on Crossfit like your dealer’s moving out of town.
10. Highs and lows
With each and every wondrous high comes an epic low. You’re weaknesses exposed and the feeling that your body has betrayed you.
11. You might need rehab
It’s become pretty apparent you have an addiction. People in your life caution you about your muscles getting too big, about spending too much time at the gym and it’s quite possible you will walk into a room full of your family, friends and Dr. Drew just waiting to toss you in a van for a trip to hang with LiLo, Janice Dickinson and one of the Baldwin bros.
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