In 1995 Glassman opened up his own gym, and in that same year he was hired to train the Santa Cruz Police Department. From then on he had so many clients he began overbooking himself, so he would charge them less if they agreed to train together. His clients enjoyed the “group activity” and always looked forward to the opposing competition, and thus CrossFit was born.
CrossFit has 10 key physical qualities cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. CrossFitters understand that they can build these skills by incorporating movements from a variety of disciplines: Gymnastics, weightlifting, sprinting or some kind of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). CrossFit designs measurable workouts with heavy emphasis on specific weights, specific distances, and specific movements over specific times. This allows any CrossFitter to appropriately see their individual obstacles they conquered.
Finishing a CrossFit workout is like achieving a short-duration very high intensity goal. Glassman wanted to create a workout similar to the feeling he got when he was a competitive gymnast. He felt tired, happy, accomplished, sluggish, nauseated, and proud, but he couldn’t show it on his face or risk losing his form. When other athletes were put through these CrossFit workouts they felt like they were actually competing in their event. Their adrenaline was so high it was like they were actually on the field or court participating. Fighters have compared finishing a CrossFit workout to actually fighting or being in the ring. Police officers said they felt like they just finished chasing a suspect when they finished their workout.
CrossFit was formally established in 2000 in Seattle, Washington. From there on it quickly grew to 13 affiliates worldwide in 2005. In 2012 there were 3,400, now in 2014 there are over 9,500 affiliates. This is the biggest and fastest growing trend in fitness in the last 30 years.
The Box. Origins of CrossFit. By: Patrick Sternkopf. http://www.theboxmag.com/crossfit-box-101/origins-of-crossfit/