The 4 People You Need to Succeed in CrossFit
The 4 People You Need to Succeed in CrossFit:
1) The Founder of CrossFit
2) The Co-Founder of CrossFit
3) The Head Coach of CrossFit
4) The Owner/Operator of a Gym or Fitness Center (or any other type of fitness facility for that matter. )
1) The Founder of CrossFit:
CrossFit was founded by Greg Glassman in 2004. He is a former professional bodybuilder and competitive powerlifter. His first gym opened in 1997 at which time it had only 10 members. Since then, CrossFit has grown into one of the most popular gyms worldwide with over 60,000 members. In 2009, he sold his company called IronMind to become the sole owner of CrossFit Inc.
Glassman’s goal is to create a “functional training system” that will allow anyone to get fit. He believes that if everyone does their own thing, they’ll all succeed in different ways. This philosophy is what makes CrossFit so unique and appealing. He believes that if you work hard enough, you can achieve your goals no matter how big or small they are. His favorite phrase is “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” (cred)
2) The Co-Founder of CrossFit:
The only co-founder of CrossFit is Lauren Jenai. She was a gymnast and diver in her high school years who went on to become a physical therapist. She met Greg Glassman at his gym in 1997. At the time, she was a classmate in his daughter’s gymnastics class. They started dating not long after they met and eventually got married.
Glassman credits her as having the biggest role in helping him start and run CrossFit. She left the company in 2008, but still remains married to Glassman.
3) The Head Coach of CrossFit:
The head coach of CrossFit is the person who has helped shape the program into what it is today. The original head coach, and there were only ever supposed to be one, was Mike Burgener. When Greg Glassman opened the first gym in his garage, he hired former college athlete Mike to help him coach people. He worked out of that first garage gym until it closed in 2000 due to rent issues. After that, he went on to become a full-time CrossFit coach for the next 12 years.
In 2012, he left the company due to “philosophical differences in regards to the training methodology.” (cred)
Since Mike’s departure from CrossFit, there have been several people who have held the position of head coach. Not all of them were full-time employees of CrossFit. As such, most have stayed in the position for a year or two before quitting. The current head coach is Jason Khalipa. He has been with CrossFit since 2008 as an athlete and coach.
4) The Owner/Operator of a Gym or Studio (or any other type of fitness facility for that matter.
While most people think of the “CrossFit Games” as the CrossFit program, the organization doesn’t actually run the yearly event. That honor goes to a company called CrossFit, Inc. (CF). The company owns the rights to the name “CrossFit” and licenses it to gyms all around the world. It also runs the yearly competition.
Anytime you hear or see the name “CrossFit,” it’s owned by this company.
The majority owner of the company is Russell Berger. He was a lawyer before getting involved with CrossFit and helped Greg Glassman start his gym in 1997. He’s been the majority owner since 2001 when he bought out the original co-owners. (cred)
The C.E.O is Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit and inventor of the method. He’s been the C.E.O since it became its own company in 2007.
One of the most common misconceptions with CrossFit is that you need to be part of a “box” or gym in order to do the exercises. This is partially due to the CrossFit Games, which are team events in which people mostly compete in a gym environment. However, anybody can do CrossFit exercises at home without any equipment whatsoever. The main idea behind it is to improve functional fitness, which means you become stronger and faster for everything you do in life. It’s a result of sports evolution.
In the old days, athletes would play and train in different ways to become faster, stronger and more agile. Nowadays, people mostly just go to school and sit at a desk all day before coming home and sitting on the couch for the rest of the day. This is part of the reason why children are reaching puberty at an earlier age. All that matters nowadays is if you’re good at one specific sport, not how you fare at all of them.
CrossFit is designed to improve your fitness across the board. As mentioned before, it was designed for real-life situations, like pulling yourself out of a ditch or mounting an obstacle quickly. It’s meant to get you from Point A to Point B as fast as you can, while being ready for anything.
The typical CrossFitter is not a bodybuilder or a professional weightlifter. This may be a surprise to some people, but they do exist as well. However, the reason why CrossFit is so popular is because of how inclusive the program is. It’s also relatively cheap. You can join any gym that has a CrossFit station for less than $100 a month, whereas most gyms are at least $50 more than that.
The only equipment you need is a set of weights and a pull-up bar, both of which you can make at home without much effort.
CrossFit is also popular for its emphasis on community. Most boxes, or gyms, have an area where people congregate and talk. There are often groups that leave the gym together or have meals together. It’s not unusual to make life-long friends at a CrossFit gym, many of whom you may never have met otherwise.
As you may have noticed, most of the arguments against CrossFit are on the internet. Most of the people complaining about it have only read about it on the internet and haven’t actually tried it. Out of all the CrossFitters I’ve met, none of them have had a bad thing to say about it. It’s up to you to try it for yourself and see if you enjoy it or not.
This is a new segment I’m trying out. Whenever I’m writing these posts, I listen to music. A LOT of music. Depending on what type of post it is, some songs just fit better than others. In this case, we have a segment that was inspired by David Bowie’s passing yesterday.
Since this segment is about motivation, which Bowie did a lot of, and his music was played during it, why not pay tribute to him?
I’ve split the playlist by the paragraphs that they represent. I’ve kept them in the order they appear in the post as well.
Here we go!
The past couple of weeks have been pretty crazy with Valentine’s Day and all, but this weekend should be a nice calm before the storm that is next week.
You never know what’s going to happen, so it’s best to live in the moment as much as you can. Carpe diem and all that.
Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you next week!
Sources & references used in this article:
- An investigation of motivational variables in CrossFit facilities (JA Partridge, BA Knapp… – The Journal of Strength …, 2014 – cdn.journals.lww.com)
- CrossFit: Remember What You Have Learned; Apply What You Know. (N Mullins – Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 2015 – researchgate.net)
- CrossFit: Fitness cult or reinventive institution? (MC Dawson – International review for the sociology of sport, 2017 – journals.sagepub.com)
- Partnerships between an at-risk youth CrossFit program and local community organizations: focusing on the antecedents to partnership development (CM Gipson, N Campbell, NL Malcom – Sports, 2018 – mdpi.com)
- Physiological and Performance effects of CrossFit (JM Goins – 2014 – ir.ua.edu)
- The Business of CrossFit (M Cej – CrossFit Journal, 2009 – library.crossfit.com)
- The lived experience of CrossFit as a context for the development of women’s body image and appearance management practices (M Podmore, JP Ogle – Fashion and Textiles, 2018 – Springer)