A Barefoot Runner Explores CrossFit

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In this recent interview, TJ Murphy speaks with a prominent member of the barefoot running movement about CrossFit for runners.

Here’s a list of topics and their time marks during the interview:

0:00 What is Crossfit? What are the distinctive things about it?
3:23 The problematic notion of functional fitness
6:46 Why has Crossfit gotten so popular?
8:46 A key to health: positive reinforcement experiences
11:16 Crossfit and injuries — do they go together?
18:06 Irrational attachments to fitness methods
18:30 TJ’s personal story — a broken athlete mended
22:34 Competition and camaraderie
26:14 On returning to running
28:47 Crossfit lacking as endurance training?
30:53 Is there a soft side to Crossfit?

In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit®. From staggering newcomer to evangelist, Murphy finds out how it feels, why it’s so popular, and whether CrossFit can fix his broken body.