Simple question: What is CrossFit?
Can you answer it?
Many people struggle to define CrossFit, and many others don’t know the rationale behind the program. They know there’s magic in the movements, and they know it works—but why?
Captured on tape at an internal seminar staff meeting, CrossFit CEO and founder Greg Glassman talks about the basis of his program. With directors of training Nicole Carroll and Dave Castro in attendance, plus “flowmasters” Chuck Carswell, Greg Amundson, Andy Stumpf, Todd Widman, Adrian Bozman, Pat Sherwood, Drew Thompson and Josh Everett, Coach Glassman explains that the essence of CrossFit is nicely contained within our definition of functional movement, and our commitment to their exclusive use.
The CrossFit movements are safe, natural and compound in nature—and they’re efficient. They express power and lend themselves to precise measurement. That measurement is key, because it takes fitness out of the realm of ethereal guesswork and makes it concrete and quantifiable. When something can be defined and measured, ideas can be tested and improvement can be tracked, allowing athletes and trainers alike to find the best way to achieve fitness.
“What we are doing collectively—what CrossFit is doing—is we are building a technology of advancing human performance,” Coach asserts.
Additional reading: What Is Fitness? by Greg Glassman, published Oct. 1, 2002.