The Crossfit White Paper

Strangely anything I post concerning Crossfit gets a huge amount of views.This is a pretty well referenced read provided by one of my site members and may help you to form your opinions. Make sure to click the source links on the right to see the actual references.

I think what is most interesting is that when you read Crossfit’s philosophy, it sounds o similar to what I believe.

“World-Class Fitness in 100 Words”: ( Crossfit Defined)

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.”

The major difference for me is beginning with “but do no harm in the process…”–_Timeline.html


7 Responses to “The Crossfit White Paper”

  1. I can’t stomach anything having to do with Greg Glassman after hearing that ridiculous radio interview from a few years ago where he bashed you and sounded like a turd . His name makes me cringe.

  2. mboyle1959 Says:

    Did you read my latest article? Why Crossfit May Not Be Good for You?

  3. Thanks for sharing this Mike – gives a great objective summary of Crossfit’s evolution. Will help me answer the question I get all to often…”what do you think of Crossfit”. My current answer is something like aaaarrrrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhh – then I throw myself on the floor.

    All good things to you and your family in 2012!

  4. Hey Michael,

    Great post.

    Indeed, CrossFit’s workouts are growing in popularity and performing at the highest standards of many.

    Keep writing – I always look forward to reading your blog.

    Rick Kaselj


  5. mboyle1959 Says:

    I think the point is your last sentence “may not be Crossfit”. As I said before, I don’t need to say all that much. As the article linked mentioned there are a lot of things that many of us do that “look like Crossfit”. The important thing to understand is that they aren’t.

  6. relentless. the amount of bashing regardless of the fact as you always claim, I am just re-posting what former crossfitters say, can only mean one thing, you feel threatened by CrossFit, and it popularity, and the potential effect it could have on your business. People do not find fault unless they feel threatened. I am sorry you feel threatened by CrossFit, I am sorry you do not like CrossFit methodology, or the way their trainers are certified. The legitimate CrossFit businesses with legitimate and knowledgeable people at the helm, getting legitimate results from clients and legitimately not doing harm, get grouped into your cynicism, and you make no distinction. This is your blog, and you are free to use it to express anything you wish. I have tried my best to ignore all of the negatives you have expressed, and focus on the positives, and focus on what you offer on the site that will make me better and more knowledgeable. However, I do my best to live in a positive world, where I can learn and get perspective from even those I disagree with, and your negativity just brings me down. It is unfortunate.
    I leave you and your readers with a piece from a former top level CrossFitter who may not be CrossFit (as in CrossFit HQ recognized) but still employs the Methodology and is just as scientifically informed as the best in the field.

  7. Hey Michael,

    Why did you include: “pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds” in the definition of cross fit? Seems kind of weird.

    Anyways, true that cross fit is hugely popular.


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