What is difficult for an outsider to see is that these people just went to a place inside the box, and themselves, that isn’t accessible to them at any other point in their day. The physical intensity of the workout gave them no choice but to draw their attention inward — to the now. In the now, or the present moment, the mind experiences a much needed gift of rest.
A tad bit poetic but true none the less. Crossfit looks (very) intimidating to outsiders but once you’re “in” it’s a very welcoming experience. And nothing beats that post-wOD “zen-like” feeling :).