From its beginnings in fitness master Greg Glassman's garage to more than 3,000 gyms today, CrossFit is a grassroots fitness phenomenon, with a free exercise platform, dedicated to improving life by improving fitness. His dedicated practitioners, known as CrossFitters, are as competitive as they are sweaty, striving to be proud to be at the top of the day's top performance list.
CrossFit's stalls are industrial warehouses with brick walls, gyms and garages covered with rubber mats, free weights, ropes, medicine balls, truck tires, skipping ropes and chalk bags. CrossFitters race to complete the prescribed daily training, many of which are named after fallen war heroes, with exercises that include burpees, box jumps, clean and jerk, and pull-ups as many times as possible in a given period of time.
The workouts are intense, leaving the athletes exhausted in sweat and radiant with endorphin-fueled satisfaction.
A break from sterile gyms, it is the camaraderie that keeps CrossFitters coming back week after week for their hour of intense pain and the promise of weight loss and a sculpted physique. Its followers know that CrossFit has changed lives. Author and CrossFitter veteran T.J. Murphy looks at CrossFit to find out why it works, how it feels, and if it can fix a broken body.
In doing so, he discovers a fascinating phenomenon of fitness with a culture all his own. Murphy enters the booth to shed light on the extraordinary CrossFit community, the science behind the sport and why this growing fitness movement will soon be in a location near you.