06/21/2014 10:11 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

A Gay Man Goes Undercover In The CrossFit 'Cult'

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The first rule of CrossFit is that you have to talk about CrossFit.

When I described to my roommate what happens during a CrossFit session, I’d just come home at 6:30 in the morning, scarlet-faced and drenched in sweat, feeling like I had grown a second, reptilian skin. Since starting CrossFit four months ago, I generally don’t like to talk about it, because I don’t want to be branded one of “those people,” but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to take a shower without some explanation.

“Well, today our workout of the day was a 500-meter run, followed by 30 burpees, 20 deadlifts, and 10 squats,” I started.

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