Families of a 28 year old man from Malahide, Dublin, are fearing for the worst after he is thought to have recently joined a dangerous CrossFit cult.
The cult of CrossFit has been slowly gathering a large following in Ireland. They take people in and brainwash them into the CrossFit doctrine, while at the same time extorting large amounts of money off them.
Martin Cleere was last seen entering an industrial park last Tuesday evening, where it is believed the cult’s compound is. He has not contacted anyone he knows since.
CrossFit leaders encourage members to cut ties with friends and family members who are not leading a “pure CrossFit lifestyle” and claim that exposing yourself to them is a huge threat to your progress within the organisation.
Members of the cult say it’s an “exercise philosophy”, but people who’ve been able to escape and be deprogrammed say it’s an unregulated, manipulative group, designed to make you feel bad and hand over cash to progress.
Sandra O’Gorman, a previous member said:
“I escaped from CrossFit 3 years ago. They forced me to stop calling my parents, I had to leave husband and didn’t speak to my child for over 2 years. They said that was what was necessary to make gains.”
She commented further:
“Once they made me do over 1000 burpees. They wouldn’t let me stop until I did them all and even force fed me my own vomit because that was what Paleo man did. That session lasted for 22 hours.”
CrossFit prays on vulnerable, insecure people and promises them a lifestyle they’ll never be able to attain. They force them to engage in dangerous physical rituals and to push their body past their limits, often resulting in horrifying injuries.
Members of CrossFit believe that their supreme leader, Greg Glassman, is an intergalactic alien profit who brings information about the human body back from the future. His devout followers get access to this groundbreaking information – for a large monthly fee of course.
He also claims that if you live your life by CrossFit, you’ll never die.
CrossFit offers people the opportunity to pay to progress up levels – something previously seen in other cults like Scientology. They are applying for tax exempt status in Ireland by claiming to be a religion.
Martin’s story isn’t an isolated one, with more people in Ireland claiming that their family members have been abducted and indoctrinated into the cult. They become brainwashed and engage in CrossFit propaganda and aggressive recruitment campaigns.
Martin’s family have sent him this message, desperately trying to get him back:
Please come home Martin. We miss you, we love you and we just want you back. We don’t care what you’ve done, how much money you’ve lost or how injured you are. We’re here to help to get back to the real you.
If you have any information that may locate Martin Cleere, please contact your local Garda station.