Watch: CrossFit Games Athletes Make Fun of Gym Stereotypes

“I need more chalk for burpees!”

“I could go faster but I gotta play it safe, I could make Regionals in a couple of years.”

So, this is pretty great. Reebok Canada has just released a sketch that’s all about (gently) mocking the kinds of people you just may have come across in your CrossFit box from time to time. And we’ve got to say, we recognized a lot of these characters.

We’re not talking about the “actors” themselves, which include athletes Patrick Vellner, Emily Abbott, Brent Fikowski, Tyson Takasaki, Paul Tremblay, and Albert-Dominic Larouche, but the characters they play.

We’re sure you recognize some of them, including the guy who needs every piece of gear in the gym (even knee sleeves on his elbows), the one who can’t squat without the right shoes, the athlete who always needs to pee right before the metcon, the guy who “just wants to grind”…

I’s a good watch.

What do you think was missing? We would have liked to see:

This is probably the funniest video we’ve seen set in a CrossFit box since Conan O’Brien and Kevin Hart visited CrossFit Horsepower in Los Angeles county.

The two visted the gym last September, and the famously fit Hart took Conan through circuits of slam balls, partner sit-ups, and muscle-ups. (Hart is actually pretty darn fit: check out our article on his very impressive bench press.)

Anyway, Reebok Canada’s skit from today was a great way to start the weekend, and we hope to see more CrossFit athletes flexing their comedy muscle.

Featured image via Reebok Canada on Facebook.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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