Coach's Prep Course—Recommended Reading

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“I can tell you what it is that makes you successful in business, more specifically as a CrossFit affiliate,” CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman says. “It’s the blind and relentless constant pursuit of excellence.”

At the 2011 Summer Affiliate Gathering recently held in Big Sky, Mont., Coach Glassman addressed the assembled affiliates.

He said the driving force of each affiliate should be trying to make it better, not trying to make more money. From what he has seen of the… Continue Reading

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Professional Training

By Greg Glassman

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I am a fitness trainer. My practice is more than just a job; it is my passion. My clients are my top priority and their successes are my life's work--I am a professional. On the surface, my job is to shepherd my athletes (I view all my clients as athletes regardless of their age or ability) toward physical prowess, but I recognize a purpose to my efforts and an impact on my athletes that transcends the physical. I view training… Continue Reading

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The standards expressed in "Professional Training" in this issue--unyielding commitment to client and efficacy--have guided everything that Lauren and I have done. More than just the backbone of CrossFit's strength and successes, it has been, we believe, the primary reason for our success.

Using this template we built a practice that kept us both busy from roughly 5:00 to 10:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. That schedule produced a low-six… Continue Reading

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Virtuosity

By Greg Glassman

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In this 2005 open letter to CrossFit trainers, Coach Greg Glassman discusses the importance of virtuosity, defined in gymnastics as “performing the common uncommonly well.”

Unlike risk and originality, virtuosity is elusive, supremely elusive. It is, however, readily recognized by audience as well as coach and athlete. There is a compelling tendency among novices developing any skill or art, whether learning to play the violin, write… Continue Reading

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Coach Greg Glassman provides detailed charts for a 12-day cycle of CrossFit workouts and explains the reasoning behind the theoretical template of CrossFit programming.

At first glance the theoretical template seems to be offering a routine or regimen. This may seem at odds with our contention that workouts need considerable variance or unpredictability, if not randomness, to best mimic the unforeseeable challenges of combat, sport, and survival. We’ve often said, “What your regimen… Continue Reading

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