As founder of an open-source fitness program, Greg Glassman views himself as sitting in the caboose, not the locomotive.
Speaking at a CrossFit 101 seminar held at CrossFit Long Island City on Oct. 9, 2009, Coach explained that the people driving CrossFit are the athletes and trainers in boxes and garages from Helsinki to Sydney to Santa Cruz. Communities are developing within each box, and the global CrossFit community is a truly special thing to behold. Coach Glassman has visited a host of boxes as part of his 101 speaking tour, and he’s clear about just why he travels to gyms all over the world:
“That became my purpose and that’s why I’m on the road: to let the affiliates know that we care deeply about your business.”
As the community grows, it becomes more and more obvious that CrossFit goes beyond muscle-ups, thrusters and pull-ups, and perhaps that’s another reason why it succeeds where the standard Globo Gym routine fails.
“There’s a lot more to what we’re all doing and all about than just fitness,” Coach says. “This isn’t just another fitness program.”
Video by CrossFit Films by Jordan Gravatt.
Additional reading: Understanding CrossFit by Greg Glassman, published Apr. 1, 2007.