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Missouri Only Sort Of Cares About CrossFit, So You Can Shut Up About It Now

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Missouri sort of cares about CrossFit.
When it comes to CrossFit, the new fitness craze that combines gymnastics, springs, jump training and Olympic weightlifting into short-but-brutal workouts, Missouri's reaction can be summed up in three letters: Meh.

Real estate site Estately analyzed each state's love for the get-fit-quick trend and ranked them accordingly. Missouri landed right in the middle, tying with Alaska at No. 24 (out of 51) between No. 23 Pennsylvania and No. 26 Mississippi.

Estately used three metrics to determine which states just couldn't shut up about CrossFit (Colorado and Hawaii) and which had never even heard of it (The Dakotas.) Those metrics include: the number of residents for each CrossFit affiliate gym, the number of Facebook users expressing interest in CrossFit and the Google Trends Score for online searches of "CrossFit."

See also: Wash. U. Study: Buffet + No Exercise = Fat

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CrossFit is undeniably a tough workout, but there's one part that's super easy: talking about it non-stop.

But people in Missouri aren't doing a lot of talking. Missouri ranked lowest in the number of people talking about Facebook with their friends. Only 5.88 percent of people on Facebook in Missouri mention Crossfit, pushing Missouri down into the third quartile with a ranking of 33 out of 51.

Who Facebooks about CrossFit the most? Massachusetts apparently talks the most talk, with 7.5 percent of people on Facebook talking about CrossFit.

"The most obnoxious CrossFit participants are in Massachusetts, a state that came in first for posting about it on Facebook, but is just 17th in terms of actual CrossFit affiliates per resident," says Estately. "That's a lot of talk, but not much action."

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The word "CrossFit" also has a middling Google Trend score, meaning people aren't searching much for tips on how to do handstand pushups and one-legged squats. Missouri ranked No. 27 in terms of how often residents search CrossFit in Google/

But if you are into CrossFit, you're in luck. Missouri ranked No. 20 for the number of residents per CrossFit gym, with 49,140 people for every affiliate.

So in honor of Missouri's ambivalent approach to the nation's hottest exercise craze, here's a look at a CrossFit workout:

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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44 comments
Kenny Snarzyk
Kenny Snarzyk

Lindsay Toler writes the worst shit. No idea why she has a job.

Aaron Mo
Aaron Mo

Jason, I don't think 3/4 of them read the article and base their statements on the brief status of this post.

Jason Kanzler
Jason Kanzler

Why does everyone who reads the RFT hate everything the RFT posts

Cody Eichelberger
Cody Eichelberger

OMG this is rude (even to somebody who doesn't cross fit) and now it is also redundant.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

This is the second time I've seen this article pop up in my feed and I still don't care.

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Crossfit is the meatspin of the fitness world. Inb4 crossfit butthurt.

Dennis Close
Dennis Close

Don't care and think Crossfit is a recipe for long term injury.

Rory Morse
Rory Morse

Seriously what is the deal with you guys hanging on to this worthless article

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

when it comes to crossfit fanatics you are safer calling their mothers a whore than speaking out against their crossfit box

Jason Kanzler
Jason Kanzler

Man you people act like you're paying to read the rft. Calm your tits

Jim Wood
Jim Wood

I care that the RFT doesn't have enough unique content

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Omg. This is the third or forth time we've said, "No! We couldn't care less." Seriously, who is paying you to post this article a million times??

Jeff Buydos
Jeff Buydos

Anymore, I only sort of care about RFT articles...

Courtney Sack
Courtney Sack

You already posted this less than a week ago. And do I care that you work out on an elliptical? No. It doesn't matter how people work out, they're just becoming healthier!

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

So if we don't care, why post an article about it? Or did some CrossFit company pay you to write this article to drum up business for them??

Rory Morse
Rory Morse

Once again... How on earth can you say what people feel about a certain form of physical fitness based on what state they're from? I think the writer's view of CrossFit is "meh", not the state of Missouri's.

Courtney Sack
Courtney Sack

Okay I understand making the article "Missouri only sort of cares about crossfit" but do you REALLY need to put "so you can shut up about it?" That is so unprofessional and really doesn't have to do much about this 'informative' article. Joining a crossfit box has helped me gain so much confidence. I'm sure other gyms like planet fitness can do that too, but there's something about Olympic lifting and that feeling after doing a 20 minute AMRAP that is like no other. I had a personal trainer and lifted with him, but I just feel so accomplished and excited after doing a successful 75 pound snatch. Until you've tried it, don't hate on it.

chris2026
chris2026

The St Louis area CrossFit's are doing everything they can to better the area with community, health, and culture. Those are three things that this area needs! You don't have to workout or like CrossFit... but it is doing great things for this area. 


This article is worthless to the benefit of our community!

Laura
Laura

Wow, what a missed opportunity by the author to finally have a great statistic about St. Louis. We rank high in participants, yet low in people talking about it.  So what this tells us is that we are not vain, but enjoy our physical fitness.  Would she prefer us to be like Massachusetts and be obnoxious about it?  She even blew the headline, "So you can shut about it now."  What does that mean?  The very article you wrote says that we DON'T talk about it much. How much more 'shut up' can we be?  Sad RFT, we are on so many bad lists and now something good and she totally blows it. 

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Who decides to post this crap? This is the most uninteresting thing I've seen posted all day. Who really cares about people who wont shut up about cross fit? I don't. So somebody likes to work out...So what? Why does someone have to write a whole article about it? I just don't get it. Who thought this was a good editorial? I mean I'd rather listen to an old man piss and moan about "kids these days" then read this crap. I seriously read it cause I thought there might be more to it than just some dumb rant and I got nothing but that. Wow what a waste of time. For the person who wrote it and for anyone who bothers to read it. Hire better people RFT.

J. Peter Ross
J. Peter Ross

Never done it personally but had heard issues with joints due to the lack of carbs in diet. Could also depend on the person too.

Rory Morse
Rory Morse

How on earth can you say what people feel about a certain form of physical fitness based on what state they're from? I think the writer's view of CrossFit is "meh", not the state of Missouri's.

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

Once this latest fad passes, we'll have just as many fat people as before

Jason Oldham
Jason Oldham

6' 260lbs been doing CrossFit for a little over a year. Down 35lbs. 0 joint problems. 0 injuries. Actually, joints and muscle around joints are much stronger. Sure..... It can be dangerous without proper coaching and scaling of workouts but bellying up to the buffet daily and laying around on the couch is even more dangerous. Find an exercise program that works for you and stick with it. If you don't like CF, don't do it. If you don't want to know about it, don't ask about it or bring it up.

Cat Skyfire
Cat Skyfire

CrossFit isn't about muscles and veins, but being able to do a lot of different things rapidly. I think it's a little crazy, but then, I enjoy a sport where people stab me.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

are you telling your readers to "shut up about it"? ;cause you're the ones that brought it up. I've never even heard about it until just now.

Coco Davies
Coco Davies

Correction: transplants in Colorado love CrossFit. The rest of us just go outside

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