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CrossFit Origins: An Interview With Fast Company Magazine by Greg Glassman - CrossFit Journal

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September 26, 2011

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At the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman sat down with Fast Company Magazine to talk about CrossFit.

In this segment, Coach discusses his inspiration for CrossFit. Coming from competitive gymnastics, Glassman developed a training regimen unlike that of his fellow athletes.

“I had discovered as a kid, young in my early teens, that I could with dumbbell and barbells get stronger than any other gymnast I knew,” he says. “That was an epic moment for me.”

Coach went on to develop a “generalized capacity” that made him “a jack of all trades and master of none,” much to the chagrin of his father.

“Why can’t we be pretty damn good at everything, especially for doing everything?” Coach asks.

Once he started training, his business grew naturally. The impetus to switch from private one-on-one training to classes came as a necessity in order to include more clients in his workday. By discounting the group rate, Glassman added more people to a timeslot and made more money while at the same time improving his clients’ training with group dynamics.

The best of his clients became the next generation of trainers, and his business grew further as his clients brought in new clients.

7min 59sec

Additional reading: What Is CrossFit? by Greg Glassman, published March 1, 2004.

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6 Comments on “CrossFit Origins: An Interview With Fast Company Magazine ”


Alex Kourkoumelis wrote …

Amazing. I hope there's more to come!


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I never get grow weary of hearing the stories about where CF came from. Thanks for sharing it.


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I did not have my coffee prior to typing that. I should have chosen "get" or "grow", not both. My apologies to all my english teachers!


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It's amazing the impact this one man has now had on the world of fitness. Great to see a simple idea become a world wide phenomenon.


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The humble beginnings of a true Visionary. Thanks Coach Glassman! BTW, cool watch! Anybody know what kind it is?


Lawrence, I seem to recall Glassman talking about his watch in this video:

I could be wrong though, either way it's a great video. If you've got time, check it out.

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