CrossFit has a mascot known as Uncle Rhabdo, a muscle-y cartoon clown thats hooked up to a dialysis machine. He represents the downside of extreme fitness: a serious condition called rhabdomyolysis. When exercise utilizes all of the energy supply in the muscle cell, this leads to a chain of events culminating in the death of the cell, David A. Wang, M.D., a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, told Fox News. When the muscle cell dies, it leaks its contents into the bloodstream, which can end up damaging the kidneys.
For the uninitiated, venturing into a CrossFit gym may conjure intimidation, angst, and even a little fear. You might be envisioning a cave-like, spartan warehouse populated with savage, overbuilt brutes, grunting and gnawing on slabs of meat as they lift draconian objects cast in cold, unforgiving steel and iron. Hardly a positive learning environment for your average plant-based athlete, or anyone for that matter. Though hyperbolic, that vision speaks to some of the reasons why someone might dread experimenting with CrossFit. Trust me, you aren’t the first person to ask yourself: