Is Crossfit a Cult?

CrossFit meets CrossFitter

CrossFit meets CrossFitter

 

It is time to clear-up some prejudice about CrossFit. Or maybe that's to harsh to say. Better: To answer some questions that have been unanswered forever. So is CrossFit a cult? Or is it a sports that deserves the same respect or at least acceptance like soccer or track and field?
 
If you ask for my opinion (disclaimer: it is a bios one!), CrossFit is not only a decent sport, but also an outstanding one: Within only a few years, it has found millions of followers around the world - much more than most disciplines with a centennial history made. Its elite athletes show the most impressive performance level and physical appearance I can think off, and some of them even qualify for the Olympic Games or break world records in sports that are only a "side business" within the CrossFit methodology. Just incidentally. But more important is the health and joy it brings to the other 99,9%, amateur athletes who make the best thing possible out of their free time by joining a CrossFit gym. 
 
However, from an outside perspective CrossFit might seem like something "that has been there before already", but only boosted by a mysterious cult factor. And I know to what this prefers - we have some habits and symbols that might seem a little odd:
 
constantly taking off our shirts during training only talking in abbreviation no one but us can interpret regularly posting picture from our hand blisters and always stressing the community aspect!
 
And that's a quite incomplete list. But: Doesn't every hobby create its own parallel universe sooner or later? No matter if you do yoga or play an instrument: You'll find rituals, unwritten rules, items, brands and the like that would make your scene. Seems like humans love signs of shared interests. Probably CrossFit hasn't earned the right yet to claim its own one without being called a cult - which has a negative undertone to me. Or a fake religion.