Originally Posted by Hagen
Its no more than outfitting a standard gym...actually it would be cheaper. The real price is going to be paying the "coaches" and the affiliation fee. If you have never had training with olympic lifts then it might be worth going to a box and learning (assuming you find one that actually teaches good form). I would pay for an actual olympic lifting coach and then once you have decent form and comfort with the lifts, you can move to a cheaper gym and run circuits which is all crossfit is.
Crossfit doesn't require fancy equipment, coaches, or workout partners. I refuse to pay even the low $50 a month for students here and instead bought my own equipment.
The price is high because it is a fad and the demand is there.
The affiliation price isn't that much. It is used to pay the coaches. Because you do get coaches. That is the glaring difference between CrossFit and just your run of the mill gym. You have your own personal trainer, and in most cases nutrition coach.
As far as not needing coaches, I disagree. Most of the movements done in CrossFit do require coaching on some level. Especially if you have someone who comes in who has never done a squat correctly in their life, and has zero body awareness. They don't know what "right" or "wrong" movement feels like. But that's not all a coach does. We are there to cultivate a community and keep you motivated to reach levels of fitness that you have never reached before. I think it is sad that most human beings will never truly realize what fitness feels like. I'm sure you have noticed the giant influx of gym goers around the first of every year. They come in for a few weeks, wanting to get that level of fitness. Then they slowly taper off, and they go back to their old ways. That is because they are all alone, they have no support system, no community to lean on. No one to keep them motivated. And let's face it, that's what some people need.
So, fad or not, I think the steps that CrossFit has taken to make fitness mainstream and "cool" are awesome. I don't know about you guys, but I don't like living in the fattest country in the world. We're better than that. We just have to work for it.