Love it or hate it, CrossFit has found its place in the fitness world. Not sure what you think about it? Before you decide, try one of these workouts.

CrossFit requires a certain level of “crazy.” Not serial killer crazy, but crazy in that hardcore, “won’t quit ’til I’m dead, and even after death I’ll burst from my coffin and train like a freaking machine,” kind of way.

Because CrossFit workouts can be so brutal, I sometimes feel damn near silly for almost killing myself three times per week. Generally speaking, however, I’m proud that I can kick more @ss and take more names than “Joey Dudebro” doing curls in front of the gym mirror.

If you’re a CrossFit virgin, you’ve probably never heard of a WOD, or workout of the day. Basically, you can head to a CrossFit gym or check out CrossFit online to grab a complete daily workout.

I don’t always do the CrossFit-prescribed WOD; sometimes I fish through the backlog and look for particularly brutal sessions. Otherwise, I might chat with CrossFit vets and get the lowdown on an awesome workout.

These 5 CrossFit workouts have stuck out in my mind, maybe because my body keeps reminding it.

Some were chosen because they are difficult, others because they are fun, and others because they’re an excellent demonstration of what the human body can do.

So drop the dumbbells and give these WODS a shot, I dare you!

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