Originally Posted by ChiefsOne
No you don't have to do Crossfit to get in shape and look good. I know the guy pretty well and what all he's accomplished. He's probably had some of the best trainers in the world for many years. That says a lot.
That's fine. But there are a lot of factors that go into that. Could be commitment. Could be mindset. Could be a warped perception due to time. Could be that he's absolutely right.
For instance, I'm in the best shape of my life right now, and I'm 33. I don't do Crossfit. Does that invalidate my experience? Of course not. I'm not invalidating his, either. I know scientifically that I'm faster, stronger, and have more endurance than the last time I was "at my peak." There are times that I don't "feel" that way, but I have the numbers to back up that even though I may feel slow or fast on some days, I know what the actual numbers are, so I can accurately gauge my relative fitness.
Anecdotally, I have a few friends that do Crossfit, as well. Their gym doesn't suck (ie high reps with bad form for everything), but I'm still in better shape than they are. They take it seriously, and go 5 times a week. And I'm still stronger and faster with more endurance. Again, that isn't meant to invalidate what they do or say that my way is better.
All I'm trying to say is that there are many ways to achieve a goal. For me, Crossfit is way too expensive and way too "vague" in its goals (in addition to the added danger factor). Your mileage may vary. But Crossfit certainly isn't the only way to be strong and fit, even in a generalist sense.