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CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.
The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.
The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our first responders, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
CrossFit was developed by Greg Glassman, a former gymnast, in the 70’s. For quite a while, CrossFit only existed in a single gym in Glassman’s garage in Santa Cruz, California. Glassman launched a website at www.crossfit.com in 2001 to create awareness of the program he deveolped. To date, there are more than 2000 CrossFit-affiliated gyms worldwide.
Thousands of athletes worldwide have followed our workouts posted daily on this site and distinguished themselves in combat, the streets, the ring, stadiums, gyms and homes.
We also publish the CrossFit Journal, designed to support the CrossFit community detailing the theory, techniques, and practiced by our coaches in our gym, in essence bringing your garage or gym into ours, making you a part of the CrossFit family.
We offer seminars, trainer certifications, and training and regularly provide consultation services to athletic teams, coaches, and police and military agencies throughout the free world.
**Content courtesy of CrossFit Inc. (www.crossfit.com)