The Power of CrossPit

By John Hackleman

In CrossFit, Sports Applications, Videos

October 16, 2011

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“CrossPit is a mixture of The Pit, martial arts, CrossFit, and then we put them together and we do a fitness program sports-specific to martial artists,” says John Hackleman, owner of The Pit.

From elite-level fighters to housewives, the same system can be used with intensity tweaked for the individual athlete, says Hackleman.

UFC fighter and CrossFitter Court McGee says the goal for the CrossPit is to prepare athletes for the fight. He says one of the guiding questions is: “Can you function when your heart rate’s at 180 beats per minute, and how much work can your body do?”

CrossFit is also beneficial for the competition it provides, says McGee.

“I personally believe competition builds champions,” he says.

According to UFC Figher Ramsey Nijem, “We’re not too worried about, you know, ‘what’s our Fran time?’ kind of stuff.”

He says the CrossFit in CrossPit has a specific focus: “To get in shape for our fights.”

Hackleman discusses example workouts and the reasoning behind his programming choices. He also shares his experience competing as a Masters athlete in the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Open and his plans for next year.

7min 38sec

Video by Again Faster.

Additional reading: CrossPit Basics by Tony Budding, published April 1, 2006.

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8 Comments on “The Power of CrossPit”


Billy Howard wrote …

Awesome video! John will make it to the games this year for sure!


Joy Byxbee wrote …

Incredible video-love this style of training


wrote …

Combining crossfit and martial arts is a great combination... thank you for simplifying it.... more Court Mcgee videos please!


wrote …

I feel like these videos of Hackleman would be more compelling if he had produced a fighter of any significance in the last 5 or 6 years.


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Trevor...In the past 5 or 6 years I have: trained and cornered 78 UFC, Pride, Strike Force, WEC, K1, Rumble On The Rock fighters, plus another plethora of smaller shows (my team has a combined 89% win percentage), I have run a very successful and world famous martial arts & fitness gym (supporting me and my family very well). I have been on the cover of 12 martial arts magazines. I have helped coached season of Ultimate fighter... and I have trained and cornered a winner and a runner up on TUF as well as 8 UFC title fights. I was featured on spike tv, versus, ppv, espn, and sports illustrated, I made and sell 4 DVDs. I opened a 12,000 square foot gym in Vegas....all me. I have traveled to japan, canada, and 18 states. I have started a very successful Pit Ohana ad I have 37 world wide martial arts school as members. I have done 100's of seminars, gotten 1000's of students into top shape, have 3 cars, 2 houses, made a very good living (7 digits), had a very busy love life, train every day, competed in the game (flopped).... and I was on the main site 4 times, just this month....tell me about you past 5 or 6 years trev


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awesome reply to TREV john :) keep up the great work sir!


wrote …

Loved the video John!!


brilliant response!!more on crosspit please.

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