Why I dislike fitness subcultures – Reason #10,001
I turn 42 at the end of the week. I’m way too old to waste my time dealing with the pissing contests between and within the various fitness subcultures.
There are assholes everywhere, and the downside of social media is that it makes it that much easier to find them. I get it. People at OT should get it too. Sam Wilkinson addressed the dickishness of distance runners a couple of years ago.
It’s one thing to read the comments section of a Facebook post and watch power lifters question the manhood of bodybuilders and bodybuilders responding by calling power lifters giant-sized tubs of lard. It’s a whole other ballgame when someone in one group attempts to explain why the people in the other group don’t like them. When it’s done in the form of “serious analysis”, hilarity ensues. I think this is the only way I can describe this article. Consider this the fitness equivalent of the idiotic liberal-libertarian comments at OT. Seriously, it’s just about as ridiculous:
Bodybuilders don’t hate CrossFit, they hate intensity.
Think about most bodybuilding workouts. Typically low repetition workouts, between 1-10 reps, with the occasional super-set or burnout.
What is cardio for most bodybuilders? 20 minutes on the treadmill or the bike.
They don’t like it when you are grunting in the gym or slamming weights (typically occurs in a high intensity workout).
You can still look (and smell) good after a bodybuilding workout.
I have nothing against CrossFit at all, but people in that community are prone to making very cringe-worthy statements about unimportant things like butt toning exercises and the effects of whey protein. I thought about writing a full-length post as a response, but at this point, all I can do is laugh, especially at the part where he tells bodybuilders to “man up” or they will end up using the top trampolines. If he wants to think he’s better than everyone else, he can have that satisfaction.