To be honest, at the end of the day, based on what I know, and despite the flaws I see, the president's routine looks better than 90-percent of the workouts I see at the gym. Could it be better? Of course. But it's certainly a good starting point, and a lot better than what most of us are able to manage.
The idea behind CrossFit is a good one -- it promotes community, the importance of strength training, compound movements, and even healthy competition. The reality of it creates grey areas, and practitioners definitely haven't seen a reduction in patients since the emergence of CrossFit hype in the real world.
Whether it be fueled by added pounds on the scale, an upcoming physical event or another motivation (May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!), millions will head back to the gym after time spent away, but few of them realize there's a method that can save them from possible injury and disappointment.