Well, I did my first legit CrossFit workout today. By this I mean a legit CF workout (DT) at a CrossFit gym (my first visit). It kicked my a^%! The workout was 15 deadlifts, 9 half cleans, and 6 push presses (aka standing military press) at 155 pounds for 5 sets.
Before starting, I thought that I could kill this weight (deadlifting 155 is about as taxing as getting out of bed...), turns out, the cumulative effect of this just kills you. And the fact that this is timed makes it even harder. I consider myself a moderately advanced powerlifter (though I recognize there are a bunch of guys much better than me), but I thought this CF stuff was a joke. It was a great experience.
I am a guy with serious doubts about CF - there is a lot of B.S, out there, but from my first experience, I am really impressed. Let me put it this way: I outlift my lifting partner in every way possible, but we were about even in the CF stuff. I'm starting to think there might be something to this.
Thoughts are welcome.