Learning to Breathe Fire

Learning to Breathe Fire

The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness

Book - 2014
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A CrossFit enthusiast documents the program's story and growing popularity, tracing the experiences of its founder and star competitors while explaining the benefits of fitness rituals that access the body's primal conditioning.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385348874
0385348878
Characteristics: xii, 356 pages :,illustrations (chiefly colour) ;,25 cm.

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bobgrant
Feb 28, 2015

This book is really good at explaining the rise of Crossfit and its appeal. I liked the explanations of the WODs and generally how the program works. What I didn't find helpful was the rather breathless and uncritical style of the writing. I felt that the author was within the Crossfit world, as it were, and was therefore not really giving an unbiased opinion of it. Also I really got fed up with the utter disdain towards any other type of exercise. I believe that any type of movement is better than none. Not so J C Herz: anyone who is not doing Crossfit is wasting their time and gaining nothing for their effort. That is utter nonsense. Are you going to be fit as a SAS officer? No! But you are exercising and that's good! That disdainful overtone really ruined the book for me.

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