Why does the history of CrossFit matter?

The history of CrossFit is relatively short in comparison to other well-known workouts. However, its global impact demands the reasons behind its existence are given the attention they deserve. Since it was founded in 2000, CrossFit has taken the fitness world by storm. Fitness fanatics across the globe have left traditional gym workouts, instead opting for the strength building and multi-muscle engaging workouts that Crossfit offers its 4 million members. But how has the history of CrossFit impacted on what it has become today? 

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is different from many other workout practices, mainly because it’s approached as a lifestyle choice rather than simply being a workout that is separate from the rest of the gym-goers life.

The CrossFit program has been developed to offer full-body workouts that build strength and conditions the body. It’s essentially a mixture of strength and aerobic training packed into short, high-intensity bursts throughout a standard length workout (45-60 minutes). While the workouts are famous for their high-intensity, the programs can be adapted to every ages and ability to reduce risk of injury while maximising gains. Each workout is varied, avoiding repetition to maintain the impact on the muscles.

How was CrossFit founded?

CrossFit was founded by Gregg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in California, although Glassman is the CEO. He spent years training as a gymnast and at the time that consisted of relying on your own body weight to train and improve the gymnasts’ strength. Glassman noticed that when he altered his training to include barbells and dumbells, his fitness improved, allowing him to perform well across all sports, not just his area of speciality. This inspired Glassman to go on to open his first CrossFit gym and teach his unconventional techniques to others who were tired of the restrictions of traditional gyms, and so began the history of CrossFit.

The evolution of CrossFit

Crossfit has not only become known for its demanding workouts but also the dietary changes that it also recommends, which has been popularised as the Paleo diet. Low sugar, low carbs and high protein define the diets of many CrossfFitters. 

Since the solidification of CrossFit in our culture, there has been a corresponding explosion of food preparation companies, which deliver all your meals fully prepped to your door each week, making it easier to stick to the diet with less culinary effort. While Glassman didn’t come up with this idea, the specificity of the CrossFit diet has seemingly had a significant ripple effect on the food and fitness industry. The two are now more firmly linked in a way that they simply weren’t a decade or two ago. 

Looking to the future

So now you know the history of CrossFit, what can you expect to happen in the future? CrossFit is showing no sign of losing momentum. As well as being the most dominating fitness, it’s also comparatively one of the fastest-growing corporate chains globally. 

If the health trends that support, and are in turn supported by, CrossFit, those willing to commit to the regime will only continue to grow in numbers.


With more people than ever rethinking how their diets, exercise and lifestyle now will impact them in years to come, and changing beauty standards, CrossFit was born into a culture working to perpetuate its success. The history of CrossFit stands as a testament to how our understanding of what makes a person fit and healthy has shifted in the 21st century, to support a rounded approach that reaches into every aspect of our lives.

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