In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit (R). Murphy faced a future with a permanent limp from one too many marathons. Desperate to reclaim his fitness and strength, the 47-year-old signed up for his first CrossFit (R) workout with nothing to lose. Anaerobically blasted by each workout of the day, Murphy discovered a sweat-soaked fitness revolution that's transforming bodies and lives. CrossFit is the sport of fitness, a radical new approach to exercise that is turning the traditional gym workout upside down. Every day at thousands of CrossFit gyms across America, fitness seekers of all shapes and sizes flex their inner athlete by racing to finish fast-paced workouts. Each workout mixes weight lifting and gymnastics into an explosively effective and addictive new way to lose weight and carve out a new physique. Inside the Box is Murphy's journey through CrossFit. From staggering newcomer to evangelist, Murphy finds out how it feels, why it's so popular, whether it can fix his broken body.
Acknowledgments Prologue 1 The Encoounter: The Many Paths to CrossFit 2 The Unknown and the Unknowable: What Is CrossFit All About? 3 Inside the Box: The World Within a CrossFit Affiliate 4 Making the Invisible Visible: CrossFit's Focus on Movement and Mobility 5 Two Oars in the Water: CrossFit's One-Two Punch of Diet and Exercise 6 CultFit: The Community and Sociology of CrossFit 7 Irene's Journey: A Case Study 8 The Jet Stream of High Performance: The Making of a Firebreather 9 My Date with Fran Epilogue: The Future of CrossFit Glossary of Terms Glossary of Exercises About the Author