My introduction to CrossFit came when I began reporting in 2010 on CrossFit Endurance for a Triathlete Magazine story published in early 2011. I was doing interviews for the story about the same time I became tangled up with a knee problem that was so persistent the phrase “knee replacement” began to flash through my mind. While doing the reporting I was skeptical about what I was hearing. But the controversy that seemed to be the most emotionally-charged surrounding CrossFit Endurance (and the same can be said for just about any program that is not based on the essential tenets of New Zealand’s Arthur Lydiard) was pegged to the fact of a common complaint: “The world champions aren’t using CrossFit Endurance to train for a (fill in the blank: marathon, Ironman, 5k). Why should I?” This was for sure part of my initial skepticism. But then I remembered: I’m not a world champion. And what the hell do I have to lose?
From what I was hearing from triathletes that had migrated into CFE, the program was working well for them and erasing injury problems that had dogged them for years. And in the state I was in late in 2010, I wasn’t even capable of finishing a half-marathon let alone running it fast. So after I’d filed my story on CrossFit Endurance I got started on the path I remain on to this day.
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.