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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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Inside the Box by T.J. Murphy was my introduction to the history and mystery that is Crossfit. In this short book the author, who had been damaged by years of endurance racing, puts his own body on the line by signing up at a "Box." Along the way he learns about the process of which Crossfit came into creation and the many experiments that made it into a worldwide sensation. While this book does not have all the answers to dispel the critics, it does open the door to where the sport of fitness came from and where it appears to be going.
By giving a personal example, T.J. inspired me to try the Crossfit WOD named "Cindy." I had already done weeks of training for Cyclocross but nothing I had done was even close to the intensity of Cindy. I was sore for four days before reassembling my pride. I thought I was in good shape but suddenly had to reassess my schedule. I read this book in only a few days but it lit a fire in me. I started reading another Crossfit book immediately after and began to add WODs to my CX training. I can't imagine anything that could get me in better shape. Am I fully sold? No, but I'm going to give it a heartfelt try. If this system can better my racing by making me stronger how could I turn it away?
I've begun my quest to rebuilding and claiming my "summer feet", learning how to run again, and achieving flexibility and mobility of my hips and shoulders so I can squat appropriately with my ass to the grass.