The short version: Crossfit. A lot of people love it, a lot hate it and still more say "it depends". The majority, including some of the more vocal opponents, seem to feel there are definitely some good affiliates out there. How can you tell if you're in one of the good ones?
The one I go to has a copy of Starting Strength floating around the front office and Rip is coming there at the end of the month for a SSS. I win?
I really love my affiliate, but I have nothing to compare it to other than the generic globo-gyms out there. I left my globo when they got rid of the very last squat rack to put in more ellipticals. I dont travel the country checking out other CF boxes though so I cant say what others do in relation to mine. I know that before I got here last August, I never did a power clean in my life. Same with a snatch or C&J.
Are there any signs to look for?