Well, I have gained a fair amount of lean muscle mass from it, and if I followed a decent diet more rigously, I would have under 10 percent body fat easily... but whatever.
But you are right, if you wanna look like you stepped on a tire pump and got inflated then crossfit is not for you. If instead you are interested in total body fitness - decreasing your run times while at the same time developing your deadlift totals or increasing core strength while lower your heart rate, then crossfit rocks.
Having read thru the weight lose thread in the maniac community, there are those who will argue ad nauseum over the trivial matters in work out routines. I am not here to say that crossfit is superior to everything ever created for every human being.
However, I know this... 1. It works for me. 2. It has worked for others. 3. It is was created by people that know a crapload more about the physical body than I do (and most likely you, too). 4. Its free. 5. It has A TON of resources. 6. More than just a work out routine, it has great diet info. 7. did I mention its free? 8. It was created for initially for the SEALS and Marines - people who are interested in functional strength and not vanity. 9. If you get into a crossfit gym, you will get a support system that is 2nd to none. 10. If you don't, did I mention all the stuff on the website is free?
So, I am gonna throw it out there for Broncobuster. Its not for everyone. But, I would be SHOCKED if he followed it for a period of time and didnt improve. If he likes it, then more power to him. If not, nothing lost.
But, hey, thanks for your nitpicking.