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What Is CrossFit?

By Greg Glassman

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Simple question: What is CrossFit?

Can you answer it?

Many people struggle to define CrossFit, and many others don’t know the rationale behind the program. They know there’s magic in the movements, and they know it works—but why?

Captured on tape at an internal seminar staff meeting, CrossFit CEO and founder Greg Glassman talks about the basis of his program. With directors of training Nicole Carroll and Dave Castro in attendance, plus “flowmasters” Chuck… Continue Reading

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Force, Distance and Time

By Greg Glassman

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Fitness programs should be based on a proper understanding of force, distance and time, Coach Greg Glassman told participants at a CrossFit Level 1 Certification Seminar at CrossFit Brisbane in Brisbane, Australia on May 16, 2009.

Coach Glassman said that as a college student he had been interested in both math and physical education. He looked unsuccessfully for a department that studied human performance in the fundamental physical units… Continue Reading

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In this two part lecture, Coach Greg Glassman unifies fitness and health. This lecture is the first time we’ve published a revolutionary new component (a three-dimensional model) that has the potential to both redefine and unite the health and fitness fields forever.

Health can now be concisely and precisely defined as increased work capacity across broad time, modal, and age domains. Work capacity is the ability to perform real… Continue Reading

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In this two part lecture, Coach Greg Glassman unifies fitness and health. This lecture is the first time we’ve published a revolutionary new component (a three-dimensional model) that has the potential to both redefine and unite the health and fitness fields forever.

Health can now be concisely and precisely defined as increased work capacity across broad time, modal, and age domains. Work capacity is the ability to perform real… Continue Reading

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This is the sixth and concluding part of the Programming lecture from the CrossFit Level 1 certification seminar at CrossFit One World in Union City, CA on May 11, 2008.

Dave Castro covers a few scaling options before addressing the three-on, one-off cycle of training, which maximizes power output for conditioned athletes, and when and why alternatives should be considered. He also talks about missing workouts without worrying about… Continue Reading

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The first CrossFit certification seminar took place from Monday, December 2nd, 2002 through Wednesday, December 4th, 2002. There were two participants, Ted Socha and Charlie Simms, and six trainers. For three days, they were pummeled with two workouts a day, plus hours of lecture on exercise physiology, movement theory, and the bases of real fitness. They were put on their return flight with a spatula.

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At the CrossFit Level 1 seminars, three overhead movements are taught together: The press, the push press, and the push jerk. All three take a barbell (or other object) from the shoulders to locked out overhead. The difference is in the use of the hip.

In this Part 3 The Push Jerk, Adrian Bozman explains the basics of performing the push jerk correctly. The difference between the push press and… Continue Reading

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This is the fifth part of the Programming lecture from the CrossFit Level 1 certification seminar at CrossFit One World in Union City, CA on May 11, 2008.

Dave Castro covers the two main workout types: Task priority and time priority. In task priority workouts, the total work is fixed, with the time it takes to complete up to you. In time priority workouts, the time is fixed, with the total… Continue Reading

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