I found the book fascinating, because like the author I was starting to experience burnout and injury with my long-distance running and desperately needed a way to train that addressed weaknesses not dealt with by running and mitigated against overuse injuries common to endurance athletes.
If you're a distance runner looking to mix up your training, or improve your functional fitness but are not too sure about CrossFit, Murphy's book is a great place to start.
"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."