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The methodology that drives CrossFit is entirelyempirical. We believe that meaningful statements aboutsafety, efficacy, and efficiency, the three most importantand interdependent facets of any fitness program, can besupported only by measurable, observable, repeatablefacts, i.e., data. We call this approach “evidence-basedfitness”. The CrossFit methodology depends on fulldisclosure of methods, results, and criticisms, and we’veemployed the Internet (and various intranets) to supportthese values. Our charter is open source, makingco-developers out of participating coaches, athletes, andtrainers through a spontaneous and collaborative onlinecommunity. CrossFit is empirically driven, clinicallytested, and community developed.
In implementation, CrossFit is, quite simply, a sport—the “sport of fitness.” We’ve learned that harnessingthe natural camaraderie, competition, and fun of sportor game yields an intensity that cannot be matched byother means. The late Col. Jeff Cooper observed that“the fear of sporting failure is worse than the fear ofdeath.” It is our observation that men will die for points.Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accuratescores and records, running a clock, and preciselydefining the rules and standards for performance, wenot only motivate unprecedented output but derive bothrelative and absolute metrics at every workout; this datahas important value well beyond motivation.
Our commitment to evidence-based fitness, publiclyposting performance data, co-developing our program incollaboration with other coaches, and our open-sourcecharter in general has well positioned us to garnerimportant lessons from our program—to learn preciselyand accurately, that is, about the adaptations elicited byCrossFit programming. What we’ve discovered is thatCrossFit increases work capacity across broad time andmodal domains. This is a discovery of great import andhas come to motivate our programming and refocusour efforts. This far-reaching increase in work capacitysupports our initially stated aims of building a broad,general, and inclusive fitness program. It also explainsthe wide variety of sport demands met by CrossFit asevidenced by our deep penetration among diverse sportsand endeavors. We’ve come to see increased workcapacity as the holy grail of performance improvementand all other common metrics like VO
max, lactatethreshold, body composition, and even strength andflexibility as being correlates—derivatives, even. We’dnot trade improvements in any other fitness metric for adecrease in work capacity.
The modest start of publicly posting our daily workoutson the Internet beginning six years ago has evolved intoa community where human performance is measuredand publicly recorded against multiple, diverse, andfixed workloads. CrossFit is an open-source enginewhere inputs from any quarter can be publicly given todemonstrate fitness and fitness programming, and wherecoaches, trainers, and athletes can collectively advancethe art and science of optimizing human performance.