Passionate CrossFitters have questions about the growth of the movement. Alec Hanson believes existing affiliates need to spend less time worrying and more time pursuing excellence and virtuosity.
The following open letter was posted Oct. 7, 2009, on the CrossFit Discussion Board as part of a thread titled “Huge Decline in Quality.” It is reformatted and reprinted here with the author’s permission.
An Open Letter Regarding CrossFit
My partner and I have always wondered about the future of the CrossFit movement as we find ourselves progressing forward from days of underground garage gyms to warehouse “boxes” and eventually moving into massive fitness facilities in the tens of thousands of square feet. This is the future of CrossFit as I see it.
We have pondered the topic of hundreds of new “certified” trainers being pumped out every weekend and watched in curiosity as subsequent affiliates began popping up all over the nation. We had the same questions about the ability of these “certified” trainers and new affiliates, at times thinking the same things a lot of people think.
It all leads me back to the same consistent foundation CrossFit was built on that has been a major building block to the explosive growth: Excellence. People train with trainers who provide excellence.
I don’t care if 100 new CrossFit gyms open up blocks apart from me. I spend every day improving my ability to train people, deepening my knowledge in all areas around fitness and nutrition, and learning and adapting to become better each day. If I lose a client to another gym because that gym does a better job training them or inspiring them, I don’t cry about how unfair life is—I learn and I get better. I’m more interested in helping those new gyms grow effectively, train better and have massive success like I have.