Inside the Box: How CrossFit Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body

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In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit®.
 
Murphy faced a future with a permanent limp from one too many marathons. Desperate to reclaim his fitness and strength, the 47-year-old signed up for his first CrossFit® workout with nothing to lose. Anaerobically blasted by each workout...

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Overview

In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit®.
 
Murphy faced a future with a permanent limp from one too many marathons. Desperate to reclaim his fitness and strength, the 47-year-old signed up for his first CrossFit® workout with nothing to lose. Anaerobically blasted by each workout of the day, Murphy discovered a sweat-soaked fitness revolution that’s transforming bodies and lives.
 
CrossFit is the sport of fitness, a radical new approach to exercise that is turning the traditional gym workout upside down. Every day at thousands of CrossFit gyms across America, fitness seekers of all shapes and sizes flex their inner athlete by racing to finish fast-paced workouts. Each workout mixes weight lifting and gymnastics into an explosively effective and addictive new way to lose weight and carve out a new physique.
 
Inside the Box is Murphy’s journey through CrossFit. From staggering newcomer to evangelist, Murphy finds out how it feels, why it’s so popular, whether it can fix his broken body.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934030905
  • Publisher: Velo Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 175,635
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

T.J. Murphy is a veteran endurance athlete, CrossFitter, and former editorial director of Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, and Competitor magazines. He is author of Triathlete Magazine’s Guide to Finishing Your First Triathlon and contributor to Start to Finish: 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue

1 The Encoounter: The Many Paths to CrossFit
2 The Unknown and the Unknowable: What Is CrossFit All About?
3 Inside the Box: The World Within a CrossFit Affiliate
4 Making the Invisible Visible: CrossFit’s Focus on Movement and Mobility
5 Two Oars in the Water: CrossFit’s One-Two Punch of Diet and Exercise
6 CultFit: The Community and Sociology of CrossFit
7 Irene’s Journey: A Case Study
8 The Jet Stream of High Performance: The Making of a Firebreather
9 My Date with Fran

Epilogue: The Future of CrossFit

Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Exercises
About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    A good overview of crossfit as ive seen it

    Mr murphy gives a good introduction into the phenomena of crossfit without delving to deep into its methodologies. He presents the friendliness and caring of the crossfit community in a reverent amd accurate light. If you've been considering trying crossfit but were to scared. to walk into a box read this first. Make no mistakes crossfit is hard and is not for everyone but once your through the door. it has the potential to change your idea of fitness

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    This book gives a very good overview of what crossfit is and how

    This book gives a very good overview of what crossfit is and how it can impact lives. The primary focus of Mr. Murphy’s story is how crossfit can assist people in coming back from career ending injuries and allow him to stay in shape. He talks about his own experience of a major knee injury and to a runner, this is devastating. He was no longer able to run without pain and this was difficult for him to accept but as he started to do crossfit, he could feel himself getting stronger and more powerful. 

    Overall this book gives good insight as to how helpful it can be to continue to stay in shape and how easy it is to get started. I especially like how the book is from the perspective of an injured athlete and his rise to success. It shows that crossfit is not easy to do but as long as you develop the mental strength to push through the adversity, it can be extremely helpful. Mr. Murphy is very assistive in giving a good view on the concept of how hard getting fit can be but once you start to develop the mental toughness, it becomes extremely beneficial. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Inside the box is a detailed book considering how CrossFit effec

    Inside the box is a detailed book considering how CrossFit effects its athletes and how it differs from any other type of fitness training. I used this book as a resource to connect to an ethnography about what CrossFit athletes endure. It provided the information I needed through statistics, graphs and quotes from many different professional athletes that utilize CrossFit in their training. Even how CrossFit was created and the creator himself is credited in this book. It gave me a great understanding of how CrossFit is such a divergent group compared to the average “gym going” athletes and it propelled me to start to try this type of lifestyle to get the most out of my short workout. Anyone that is an athlete or even a person who likes to go to the gym every once in a while should read this in order to gain inspiration to improve and push yourself, even if you do have some physical disability. The author of Inside the Box had to quit his running career because of a damaged knee but, CrossFit changed his life by letting him continue being an active athlete. If you aren’t interesting in expanding your athletic horizon and you want to know more about general fitness, this isn't the book for you, it’s draws the reader into the CrossFit fitness strictly. Although this book compares CrossFit to other types of fitness, it lacks giving credit to other great sport training, it zones in on how CrossFit is the best way to build your athletic ability. I think it needs a little bit more diversity than just explaining CrossFit in too many different ways.  Its a good book to read but I don't think is “movie material” because it would be a very scattered movie, there is a documentary aspect, but the book jumps around the examples and definitions of CrossFit too much. Overall it was helpful to me for my project and it helped motivate me to go to a couple days of CrossFit so far! Its been a great experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Very good information

    I enjoyed the book and purchased a paper copy to losn out to those considering crossfit.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Great inside look

    Nice to read a book giving information on crossfit. Wish it was a bit longer with more information.

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