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Inside the Box: How CrossFit ® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body Paperback – September 1, 2012
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"Laced with self-deprecation and sharp observation, [Inside the Box] reads as a CrossFit origin story. Throughout the book Murphy is most compelling as a cultural guide. With uncanny "noticings" and clever descriptions he pulls you into the CrossFit community, its people and its ethos. As a forceful diary, Inside The Box speaks to those merely curious about CrossFit and to the fire breathing monsters hooked on its potent thrill. Vibrant and life-affirming, Murphy urges the reader on." -- WOD Talk magazine
"For me, Inside the Box was like a walk down memory lane. I highly recommend it to anyone who has been considering starting CrossFit but just hasn't been sure if it's right for them." -- Greg Amundson, the original CrossFit Firebreather, former SWAT officer, and founder of the CrossFit Goal Setting Course
"Murphy's experience [in Inside the Box] is one that will be lived thousands of times in the coming years. It is an awakening not only of the physical but of consciousness to one's ability and what is possible. He eloquently takes you on the ride of finding community and bringing purpose back into one's own life." -- Brian MacKenzie, founder of CrossFit Endurance
"Inside the Box made me very nostalgic of my own beginning with CrossFit. And it really made me proud of this community that I am involved in. CrossFit is unique as a sport, but even more special because of the community it has created. Inside the Box is a wonderful representation of why and how we are all so dedicated to our own fitness, but more importantly, to the success of our peers." -- Annie Sakamoto, CrossFit trainer and elite athlete
"In his book Inside the Box, journalist T.J. Murphy goes deep into the high-intensity, gut-testing world of CrossFit." -- ESPN.com
"Interwoven with [Murphy's] personal journey is the backstory on CrossFit and its evolution, along with the tales of other CrossFitters he met along the way" ¦For anyone who hasn't experienced CrossFit, it's hard to understand what goes on inside the gym, but this book does a good job explaining it." -- Duathlon.com
"In his book, Murphy also does an effective job of explaining what a typical CrossFit "box" (an actual gym) looks like, what a CrossFit experience is bound to be like for the first-timer (humbling and exhausting, and, depending on the first-timer's nature, either utterly addictive or completely off-putting), and the importance of community in contributing to CrossFit's popularity." -- BreakingMuscle.com
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Anyhow, great book and I could really relate to Murphy, being a banged-up runner myself and looking for a new challenge.
If you've heard about CrossFit but think it's not for you, you should think again and buy this book. If you've never heard of CrossFit but care about your health, you should buy this book. The book has a chapter on Irene M, who started her CrossFit journey at over 400lbs and currently has lost over 100lb and become the heart and soul of CrossFit Elysium in San Diego. If she can do it, anyone can, period. Don't you at least owe yourself the favor of finding out how she did it?
I was familiar with Murphy from his years in the triathlon publishing world (and my past as an enthusiastic, but rarely good, triathlete) so was expecting a strong dose of cynicism towards CrossFit; it's certainly there in the early parts of the book.
Murphy's journey reflects my own; busted from a history of sports that damaged me, a discovery of CrossFit, the enjoyment of the training style and the surprise at encountering the community of support that you don't go in expecting.
It's certainly not going to win a Pulitzer, but it's a pleasant enough, accurate reflection of the world of CrossFit that speaks to a more regular, fitness-focused participant, rather than the superstar athletes we see at the Games.
I enjoyed it.
Book tells a story of a starting crossfitter and does it with describing both individual feelings and principles behind crossfit method.
I recommend this book for anyone who's about to start crossfit or is otherwise curious about the sport.
I read the book and gained a greater understanding and love for Crossfit. I would recommend this book especially to someone who is new to Crossfit, or is thinking about trying Crossfit.
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Great insight into Cross Fit , well written and a great readPublished 5 months ago by Scott Roberts
I have been fascinated and yet skeptical about Crossfit since I first heard of it. Having grown up through many sports I always had one foot in the world of weight... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alex Hutchinson's Twisted Trails
This book helped me get a better idea of what crossfit is and is not. Well written and easy to read.Published 7 months ago by Simon P. Zimmer
I've coached since 2010, and this was my first book about CrossFit. My only beefs were related to tha author's explanation of the movement mechanics at a few points. Read morePublished 7 months ago by michael
Excellent explanation of cross fit. From its beginnings, the current evolution to Reebok and what it means to be a member of a cross fit box.Published 7 months ago by Javier molina