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CrossFit’s bold positions on health and fitness have brought us into conflict with the entrenched interests of the fitness, nutrition, and food and beverage industries. These entities have launched and funded numerous efforts to restrain and regulate CrossFit affiliates. They have engaged in repeated scientific misconduct and fraud, lobbied for legislation that would criminalize the daily practices of CrossFit affiliates and trainers, and covered up the corporate partnerships that fund their work, at times in contravention of federal law. CrossFit has successfully fought back, suing them for their lies and misconduct, informing policymakers of their schemes, and advocating against their proposed legislation. While our adversaries’ agenda is covert, our mission in these CrossFit Battles could not be clearer: to keep fitness legal.

Facebook and its properties host and oversee a significant share of the marketplace of public thought. Facebook thus serves as a de facto authority over a worldwide exchange of information, as well as the security of millions of individuals and communities who entrust their ideas, work, and private data to this platform. This mandates a certain standard of good faith, transparency, and due process. A litany of publicly sourced complaints regarding Facebook’s principles and practices has called this standard into grave question. All activity on CrossFit, Inc.’s Facebook and Instagram accounts was thus suspended as of May 22, 2019.

Read MoreCrossFit, Inc. Suspends Use of Facebook and Associated Properties

On March 27, 2019, PepsiCo sent CrossFit, Inc. a cease-and-desist letter regarding the artwork accompanying Professor Tim Noakes’ Hyponatremia of Exercise series. CrossFit, Inc. created the image for this series exposing Gatorade’s deadly marketing campaign. The artwork served to elucidate Gatorade’s hydration myths, not advertise or indicate a commercial good or service. As such, it fell solidly within CrossFit’s fair use rights. CrossFit will not comply with PepsiCo’s demands and is prepared to defend its rights to the full extent of the law. CrossFit also will continue to shine a light on the fatal consequences of the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries’ efforts to make a profit through the corruption of the health sciences—including nutrition, exercise, and hydration.

Read MorePepsiCo Threatens CrossFit, Inc. With Legal Action Over Hyponatremia Image

Five years ago, Richard Beddie, Chairman of the International Confederation of Exercise Professionals (ICREPS), made false statements regarding CrossFit, Inc. and its affiliates in an article published in the health section of a popular New Zealand magazine. He then attempted to convince CrossFit, Inc. and its thousands of trainers to pay registration fees to his organization. CrossFit refused and sued. On March 20, 2019, Beddie admitted that he had no evidence to back up his allegations against CrossFit and issued a formal apology.

Read MoreFormer ICREPS Chairman Richard Beddie Apologizes for False Claims against CrossFit

In this comment posted to CrossFit.com on Aug. 5, 2015, Coach Greg Glassman elucidates CrossFit’s position on fitness education as contained in the Level 1 seminar, names CrossFit’s aspiring competitors (the NSCA and ACSM), and discusses their attempts to impose their certifications on all fitness trainers via licensure bills. The context is CrossFit, Inc.’s 2015 resistance to fitness licensure in Washington, D.C.

Read More From the Archives: Coach Glassman’s Comment #20

With the help of affiliates across the country, CrossFit, Inc. has identified states with legislation that threatens affiliates’ right to train their clients and fight chronic disease or that imposes onerous financial costs on their small businesses. Through an ongoing strategy of proactively monitoring and responding to these legislative restrictions, CrossFit is fighting to keep fitness legal.

Read MoreCrossFit's Recent State Action on Behalf of Affiliates

From Nicaragua to Miami, cases of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) share a common setting: sites where agricultural work takes place in severe heat. Independent research on the cause of CKDu points to chemicals used in sugarcane agriculture, the physiological response to intensive work in the heat, and the sugary beverages commonly consumed by laborers. But researchers receiving millions in funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Central American sugar industry have failed to discover the disease’s cause—or investigate some of the leading suspects.

Read MoreSugar Industry Funds Inconclusive CDC Investigation Into Sugar Industry Deaths
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"The National Strength and Conditioning Association can’t shut down a suit by its insurer seeking to dodge coverage for an underlying false advertising suit brought by CrossFit Inc. just yet, a California federal court ruled Monday. …The NSCA is currently embroiled in a bitter legal battle with CrossFit over claims that it published a since-debunked 2013 study portraying CrossFit’s exercise regimen as unsafe, despite knowing the study’s findings were bogus."

Read the articleCrossFit Rival Can't End Insurer's Escape Bid In False Ad Suit

This collection contains documents CrossFit Inc. obtained from the CDC Foundation in August 2018 through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The compilation includes correspondence relating to the CDC Foundation's legal requirement, under the Public Health Service Act, to include in its annual report the source and amount of all monetary gifts to the foundation, as well as the source and description of all gifts of real or personal property.

View the collectionCrossFit Inc. Collection Regarding the CDC Foundation's Incomplete Corporate Donor Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have failed to effectively address unprecedented increases in chronic disease rates and deaths. U.S. life expectancy is in a three-year-decline. Troublingly, this failure on the part of our public health institutions coincides with shadowy payments made by the pharmaceutical and food/beverage industries to these federal agencies through their respective foundations, the CDC Foundation (FCDC) and the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH).

Read MoreCrossFit Directs Campaign Against Illegally Concealed Soda and Pharmaceutical Payments to CDC and NIH

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