I think our experiences with the people in Crossfit differ, as I’ve met some great crossfitters who don’t follow it as a cult of any sorts. Aside from that, great points here. I like to do Crossfit once or twice a week for cardio but I stick to WODs with lower weights and more focus on rowing, sprinting, etc. I also have a client I am training right now who always wants to do Crossfit, but his main goal is to gain strength/size. So I throw in Crossfit-style training on Saturdays but have him on a more traditional plan throughout the week!
I began my weightlifting journey while playing travel hockey in high school. I have been competing in powerlifting since 2007 with my first official meet in the American Powerlifting Federation putting up a 385 pound bench press in the single ply division. Thereafter I competed in WABDL (An equipped push/pull association) for a couple of years recording multiple state records and making one attempt at a WABDL world record bench press. Deciding to further my education, I put competitive powerlifting on hold until graduating with my bachelors in nursing science from ASU. My return to the platform in 2012 started with the newly formed United States Powerlifting Association (USPA). From that point I began competing in the Raw, full power (squat, bench press, deadlift) division. The following year I began competing in strongman with a 4th place finish at Arizona’s strongest man. Since then, my best total to date in Powerlifting is 1725 with 600 squat, 451 bench, 672 deadlift.