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Charles Barkley + CrossFit = A Huge Gamble? Or a Jackpot?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Rumor has it (from the man himself) that Charles Barkley has been signed up for CrossFit. I admit that I'm kinda excited about this because at our house we have a soft spot for him. :)

On one hand he could be back to fighting form fairly quickly if he was truly commmitted, especially if he ran into some paleo devotees who got him to drop the grains and industrial oils. On the other, if he's into it half-heartedly, sports fans could be getting an awful lot of griping about workouts as an accessory to his daily sports commentary.

Your predictions: Is this good or bad for CrossFit? Good or bad for Sir Charles?

ETA: http://journal.crossfit.com/2011/05/barkleycf1.tpl A great May clip interviewing Barkley at around his sixth Crossfit workout.

More April video of Charles lifting here: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2011-04-27/charles-barkley-tries-to-get-in-shape-with-extreme-crossfit-routine

Anybody know if he's still doing it two months later?

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on April 22, 2011
at 02:12 AM

The thing is that no one who is 48 is going to get away with doing CrossFit without having a clean diet, be it paleo or something else. 24 year old Barkley eating junk food could have done 1000 box jumps in a row...on a 40" box. Now, if he keeps up the drinking and bad diet, he won't last a week. But I think the competitive nature of CF might help in his case. Someone just needs to get Kenny and Ernie in on it too...

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on April 19, 2011
at 09:20 PM

I got to know Chuck quite well when I worked in Philly. Hard to find a nicer guy or one so misunderstood. He always spoke truthfully and you know what kind of troube that leads to. I wish him well, he loves food, I hope he understands that diet is more important then excersise at this point.

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on April 19, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Well...the booze and any Taco Bell that is on offer. He was their "Five Buck Box" spokesman for quite a while there. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/charles-barkley-not-trying-taco-bell-diet-13117 I too am so curious. Just think of all of the middle aged guys who might be inspired to give it a try if suddenly Charles was showing up on TNT looking lean and mean!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on April 19, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Well...the booze and the Taco Bell $5 boxes. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/charles-barkley-not-trying-taco-bell-diet-13117

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on April 19, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Well, he did say that he shouldn't be on a pedestal as a role model for kids (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Barkley#Role_model_controversy), so could we postulate that he's doing CrossFit solely for himself...?

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on April 19, 2011
at 04:24 PM

Gosh, I hope he's not the new mainstream voice for paleo.

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on April 19, 2011
at 07:02 PM

not a crossfitter but do my lifting at a gym that has it. from what i've seen, crossfit is perfect for former athletes getting their health back. one thing that's always made me kind of chuckle at the crossfit folks geeking out on their workouts is that it's the same stuff i was doing when i was playing football at a high level in high school- the powerlifting and plyo with some oly and gymnastics thrown in. now being at the ripe age of 33, i'd rather just look good with as little work and time as possible which means 2-3 half hour heavy lifting sessions a week and a lot of life-walking. funny thing is the minimalist approach to working out hasn't hurt my performance much at all.

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on April 19, 2011
at 07:47 PM

It'll be interesting to see how it turns out. He's a big guy, and a career in pro level basketball does MAJOR wear and tear on the body (knees/legs in particular). While I hope it works out for him, I question if he'd really be able to keep it up.

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on April 19, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Let's not confuse/cross Paleo and CrossFit. Yes, Paleo would be good for Sir Charles. However, he said he is doing CrossFit. Many individuals do well at CrossFit and see significant health benefits from adopting its training protocol without a Paleo diet. I would hope his exposure to the diet would encourage him to give it a try, but as mentioned above, Charles has never been known to adopt a very strict diet, even at the height of his athletic career. My main hope and concern is that his power clean is signficantly smoother than his golf swing.

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on April 22, 2011
at 02:12 AM

The thing is that no one who is 48 is going to get away with doing CrossFit without having a clean diet, be it paleo or something else. 24 year old Barkley eating junk food could have done 1000 box jumps in a row...on a 40" box. Now, if he keeps up the drinking and bad diet, he won't last a week. But I think the competitive nature of CF might help in his case. Someone just needs to get Kenny and Ernie in on it too...

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on April 19, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Big NBA fan here. Charles Barkley had a reputation during college and the pros for eating junk food. In fact, he bragged about it all the time! I would love to see him go Paleo.

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on April 19, 2011
at 09:20 PM

I got to know Chuck quite well when I worked in Philly. Hard to find a nicer guy or one so misunderstood. He always spoke truthfully and you know what kind of troube that leads to. I wish him well, he loves food, I hope he understands that diet is more important then excersise at this point.

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9f9fa49265e03ddd2bf2bba5477a556b

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on April 19, 2011
at 04:48 PM

If anyone could be convinced to eat saturated fat all day long, it is Charles Barkley. The issue with Charles is that he's going to have to lay off the booze. If he can stop drinking and really embraces crossfit (and hopefully some form of paleo-ish eating), he'll be a ridiculous beast crossfitting. He was one of the most athletic guys in the NBA when he was young, and in his prime he was probably the 2nd or 3rd best player in the league. I'd be really interested to see what someone with (at one point) elite NBA athleticism could do in crossfit, even in their late 40s.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on April 19, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Well...the booze and any Taco Bell that is on offer. He was their "Five Buck Box" spokesman for quite a while there. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/charles-barkley-not-trying-taco-bell-diet-13117 I too am so curious. Just think of all of the middle aged guys who might be inspired to give it a try if suddenly Charles was showing up on TNT looking lean and mean!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on April 19, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Well...the booze and the Taco Bell $5 boxes. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/charles-barkley-not-trying-taco-bell-diet-13117

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on March 16, 2012
at 03:46 PM

Apparently, he's doing Nutrisystem now. So he obviously got over his love of food and traded it for crap in a box. Or, he's just cashing the endorsement check and laughing all the way to the Burger King.

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on April 19, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Another alchy (ie Couch) at the helm? Hide da booze and da broads, cuz a brotha is in charge!!

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