When done right, with a good coach, I think Crossfit is excellent. It get’s people training in a group, having fun and staying motivated. I couldn’t resist though, and I have to make a few comments.
The word “intensity” is used a lot in this article, and I’m usually not one to pick on semantics, but when I hear the word “intensity” I think exercise intensity. Not “level of excitement” or whatever the author is using it to mean in this article. Exercise intensity is about high energy output in a short amount of time. A calmly performed 1RM Snatch is more “intense” than “Grace” the WOD, even if the person performing Grace is sweating bullets, screaming and slamming bars.
Crossfit in it’s current form will never be in the Olympics. I’m not saying that Crossfiters are not athletic, but “Crossfit” is a business, it is “Crossfit Inc.” Nobody can put on a competition and call it a Crossfit Competition without the blessing of HQ. For that reason, it is not a “sport” as defined by the IOC. Don’t mistake Crossfit Inc with a sporting governing body. Also, it looks like Crossfit does indeed have a relatively detailed anti-doping policy, but unless it adheres to WADA rules, the IOC wouldn’t event consider it (testing in a WADA approved lab is not the same as WADA testing standards.)
Anyway, I just felt the need to add my 2cents.