You asked about narrow-mindedness and Crossfit. I've given this some thought. Here goes...
First, I think Crossfit is one of the most effective ways to get fit. No question. I have been pushing HIIT since I can remember. I am a huge fan.
I'm very impressed you started your own affiliate. I've been following your posts here for a year or so and you are always open to new ideas, no matter where they come from. You really listen.
Here is what I meant by narrow mindedness and why I have trouble with the main xfit site and my box.
To start with, I find the claim of "the World's Fittest Man and Woman" a stretch. A BIG stretch.
If you look at the past two xfit games, the winners (female 2008 and Men 2009) have been people who are relatively new to xfit. Their athletic skill was developed elsewhere. I love that they have been applauded and respected by the xfit community. But can crossfit take the "credit" for their achievements? One of the top female finishers at the 2009 games was a 19-year-old track (looks like a heptathlete) athlete who does boot camps.
At my box there are people who walk around with T-shirts that read: "Your workout is my warm-up". Give me a break. I know masters athletes who would eat EVERYONE at my affiliate for lunch. Hell I'm on top of the whiteboard for one event and that is so wrong... I'm more out of shape and fatter than the younger women there.
I find that if an exercise protocol is not "crossfit approved" it is ignored. For example, why the lack of mirrors? They are a great feedback tool. Some people learn visually. And crossfit exercises seem to be all vertical (HSPU, Pull ups, push ups, burpees, erging, Olympic lifts). Why not steal some lateral training methods from football, downhill, track or even --ahem -- volleyball?
Some boxes are very open. I checked out Guelph's and they do all sorts of cool things. And I've seen some online that are very inventive.
I've spent a lot of time around some great athletes. What they have in common is a real thirst to improve and will use whatever tool they can to improve.
But when I hear people at my box run down boot camps and "globo" gyms, and non-crossfit trainers/coaches, I just grit my teeth.
You have to give respect to anyone who is trying to get fitter, even if it's the person on an elliptical reading a book. It could be better, but at least they are trying.
There are so many things I respect about crossfit. I think that 10 years from now training methods promoted by crossfit will be improved and look different from today’s. Crossfit will have a significant impact on the entire fitness community. No doubt about that.
From what I know about you, I bet you are running a super affiliate. Best of luck and if I ever get out your way (where is it?) I will definitely stop in.
PS: I've been following the 2009 Xfit Games. Kudos to them. It would have killed me!