Anybody should try it. Our gym is a little different from other CrossFit facilities and a whole lot different from what you saw on ESPN. First of all, CrossFit Nation happens to be what I like to call a master's gym. Most of us are over 35. Most of us just want to be fit. Most of us just want to be able to pick up the dog food or the laundry basket with ease. Let's not forget that we do have a few who compete and one former Games athlete. So there's that, too.
When most people think of CrossFit, they think big muscles moving astronomical weights. Yeah, our Courtney can squat quite a bit, but for the most part it's about staying fit throughout all of life's stages. Consider the notion that most people over 30 have some form of degeneration and need to address weaknesses. This isn't any different than an Olympian who needs to work on a particular skill. "Our needs vary by degree, not kind," states Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit. We all need to squat and we all need to deadlft. In other terms, we all go to the restroom and we all pick things up off of the floor. Once you can't do that, it's off to the nursing home. So...
There is NO DIFFERENCE in the movement. Only the weight. We scale for loads and skill.
What about the guys on ESPN? I did say we have a former CrossFit Games athlete. Chuck McDonald finished the Games as a masters competitor three times. Our competitors are still regular people who have worked hard to achieve outstanding results. Keep in mind that those guys and gals who are shown on ESPN are all under 35 and make CrossFit their full-time job. It's their profession--professional CrossFitters who get paid to workout. They are truly the elite, the top 1%. The 99.9% of the rest of us, just can't make that cut.
So don't worry about performing. We all started not knowing the movements, the lingo, and we were terribly sore for about a week. But for those that stick with it, the reward of accomplishment is unsurpassed. You will be fitter, faster, stronger, and feel better than ever before.