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Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Chris Cooper

In Affiliation, Legal

December 10, 2014

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As CrossFit gyms penetrate higher-traffic areas, some neighbors are struggling to adjust to the new levels of energy and noise.

“You're going to have to trust me here. Get out of your car, and I’ll drive it. Promise I won’t steal it.”

It’s winter in New York, New York. Jarrett Perelmutter has interrupted his coffee run to help a stranded motorist: A Ford Explorer is stuck in the filthy snow outside a laundromat. Sockless in his trademark golden… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Legal

July 18, 2014

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Lon Kilgore advises fitness professionals to work only within the scope of practice dictated by their education.

A professional fitness practitioner is hired to improve fitness levels in trainees or to help them make progress toward some other goal, such as losing weight, gaining weight, improving some aspect of performance, etc. What is important is that the professional must be capable of delivering sound, fact-based training to improve physical function while at the… Continue Reading

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In Legal

October 01, 2013

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CrossFit Inc. protects its trademarks in defense of more than 7,000 affiliates worldwide.

More than 7,000 affiliates license the CrossFit name, and it’s the goal of CrossFit HQ to aggressively defend those affiliates, their owners, their employees and their members by ensuring the CrossFit name is used only when appropriate. By doing so, CrossFit Inc. ensures that affiliates “get what they pay for”: use of a valuable trademark and the… Continue Reading

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What’s in a Name?

By Dale Saran

In Legal

April 18, 2013

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CrossFit HQ General Counsel Dale Saran explains why a local throwdown is not a “CrossFit competition.”

CrossFit’s growth has produced a number of interesting side effects, most of them positive.

One byproduct of CrossFit’s spread and the continued business success of CrossFit affiliates has been the growth of the Sport of Fitness. This has significant consequences for CrossFit Inc.’s intellectual property, all CrossFit affiliates and the entire CrossFit community.

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Victory in Quebec

By E.M. Burton

In Legal

November 03, 2012

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Coach Greg Glassman and CrossFit help a Canadian affiliate owner through legal issues related to an illegitimate “affiliate.”

A recent victory in the Superior Court of Quebec represents a significant win for CrossFit trainers and affiliates everywhere and shows how CrossFit Inc. protects the rights and privileges of those who have exclusive use of the CrossFit name.

Details of the suit have been provided by public documents, as well as law-enforcement sources, some… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Legal

August 11, 2012

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CrossFit’s legal team runs into all species and genus of thievery of the CrossFit trademark and brand.

CrossFit defines what we do. It means we perform constantly varied functional movement at high intensity. We pursue virtuosity. We squat, we press and we deadlift. We learn and play new sports. We eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. We time our workouts. We demand measurable, observable… Continue Reading

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Play Nice With Others

By Dale Saran

In Legal

March 30, 2012

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Dale Saran explains how courtesy and hard work trump piggyback advertising techniques.

So, you wanna be a CrossFit affiliate, eh?

I remember the salad days of being a CrossFit affiliate, circa early 2008. There were maybe a few hundred affiliates. I was the first—and only—CrossFit affiliate in Rhode Island. I didn’t have to worry about competitive advertising, Google AdWords, website metatags, being undercut by another affiliate, Globo Gyms ripping… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Legal

March 02, 2012

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CrossFit Inc. wins victory over cybersquatter illegally selling domain names.

Last year, CrossFit Inc. won a court judgment against T&M Enterprises Inc., a Washington state company, for registering over 350 domain names containing the word “CrossFit.” T&M, a company owned by a Mr. Tal Moore, also sells gumball machines and barbershop poles.

Moore and T&M had scooped up 370 domain names containing “CrossFit” and had been selling them illegally to CrossFit affiliates at $200… Continue Reading

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