More Information About Affiliation

CrossFit's mission is to fuel a revolution in fitness based on the pursuit of function, not form -- on measurements of performance, not anatomy. We want rings and bumper plates in our gyms, not machines. We believe that where you train is less important than how you train and whom you train with matters more than what gear you have. We know this can be done anywhere. We've proven that the backyard, to the garage, to the warehouse is as good an environment as any for Forging Elite Athletes ®

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A revolution in fitness based on the pursuit of function, not form -- on measurements of performance, not anatomy.



From the beginning, the CrossFit movement has provided an alternative to the prevailing commercial gym establishment and its signature "big-box," machine-based, bodybuilding approach to fitness. 

We promoted the ethic and aesthetic of the garage gym in large part to provide a home and refuge for our more athletic programming, which couldn't find quarter in the commercial gyms. CrossFit is not a franchise and never will be. Our affiliates constitute a confederation of legitimate fitness practitioners united around constantly varied, intense, functional exercise and pooling reliable resources under the CrossFit name.

Today, with over 10,000 affiliates worldwide, we see ourselves as part of a larger war between the methods, outcomes and principles of big-box franchises such as the Gold's, Bally's, and 24-Hour Fitnesses and those of our small-box facilities.

We are holding court in London, New York, New Brunswick, Puerto Rico, Baghdad, Kabul and Qatar. CrossFit crews are convening in public parks, garages and carports, basements, barns, deposed tyrants' homes, commercial gyms, storage lockers, martial arts academies, and universities, under bleachers, and on military bases.

CrossFit affiliation is an Internet-based grassroots movement started by CrossFitters who wanted their own local CrossFit-equipped gyms, trainers and communities. It has become a call to all who really care about fitness to get the car out of the garage, pick up some dumbbells, a barbell, a few plates, a pull-up bar, and some rings, and try the Workout of the Day. Inviting a friend to participate compounds the experience. Keep it up and before long you'll need a bigger space. Write us an essay (application), license a name, set up a website, send us photos and you become part of the growing community of CrossFit affiliates.

For more specific information on the affiliation process, See Information on Becoming a CrossFit Affiliate.

Affiliation Resources

The CrossFit Journal
The Application Form
Level 1 Seminar Information