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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.

Though sound nutrition advice is an essential part of a person’s progress from sickness to wellness to health, nutrition licensure laws often prevent professional trainers from sharing such lifesaving information. CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Heather Kokesch Del Castillo was fined and threatened with jail time if she continued to provide nutritional advice in Florida. CrossFit, Inc. supported Del Castillo as she filed a First Amendment lawsuit with the Institute for Justice challenging the restriction of her free speech. A federal court in Florida rejected the suit on tenuous grounds on July 17, 2019. Del Castillo’s attorneys are appealing the decision, with the support of CrossFit, Inc., which remains committed to protecting its affiliates’ and trainers’ rights to speak freely about the foundational elements of the CrossFit methodology and human health.

Read MoreCrossFit Trainer Loses Nutritional Speech Suit; Battle Continues

Jon-Kyle Davis, a PepsiCo employee, has spent six years misrepresenting himself as an unbiased academic on the subject of hydration and other topics in papers published in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s journals and elsewhere. Despite public correction of this error by CrossFit, Inc. and subsequent errata issued by the NSCA, Davis continues to falsely report his academic affiliation as the University of Montevallo (which he left in 2013 for PepsiCo) and has failed to disclose his significant conflict of interest. Davis’ concealment of his employment by a beverage company under the guise of unconflicted scientific inquiry follows a longstanding pattern of misconduct and concealment by PepsiCo via the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

Read MorePepsi Employee Caught Masquerading as Unbiased Academic, Sticks to the Act

On June 20, 2019, CrossFit, Inc. filed a renewed motion for terminating sanctions against the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the Southern District Court of California. CrossFit’s renewed motion for terminating sanctions, filed after years of litigation and forensic investigation, puts the NSCA’s systemic corruption on full display — corruption that pervades the highest levels of the association’s academic and organizational leadership.

Read MoreCrossFit, Inc.’s Renewed Motion for Terminating Sanctions Against the NSCA

On June 15, 2019, CrossFit sent a correction to the Montreal Gazette in response to Jill Barker’s June 11 article, “Are CrossFit Enthusiasts More Prone to Injury?” Barker’s piece included numerous false statements and factual errors and neglects the context of the false injury data included in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s since-retracted Devor study.

Read MoreJill Barker Misrepresents CrossFit Injuries and Ignores Fake Injury Data Lawsuit

Many states have laws regulating what individuals can say about food and nutrition. Some states extend this restriction to laws preventing anyone but a dietitian from providing nutritional guidance. An important milestone was reached in Maine this month in the fight against such restrictions: On June 11, LD 364 became law in Maine, affirming an individual’s right to access health care outside the medical establishment. The law protects the right of CrossFit affiliates to share the foundation of CrossFit — nutrition — with its clients.

Read MoreVictory in Maine: CrossFit Affiliates Can Now Speak Freely about Nutrition

Over the years, CrossFit, Inc. has earned a reputation for tirelessly protecting the CrossFit® trademark on behalf of its worldwide community of trainers and affiliates. Nearly every country in the world today recognizes the elevated status of the CrossFit trademark, and their courts consistently rule to protect the mark from CrossFit infringers, thieves, and fraudulent operators. Recent court rulings in Brazil — home to 1,177 CrossFit affiliates — illustrate both the challenges and ultimately the successes that result from CrossFit’s fierce protection of the CrossFit trademark.

Read MoreCrossFit, Inc. Wins Trademark Victory for Brazilian Affiliates

On May 17, 2019, CrossFit, Inc. sent a letter requesting the retraction of a paper recently published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. The paper purportedly compared the likelihood and severity of self-reported injury in CrossFit® training and traditional weightlifting. The letter states that the paper should be retracted because it “is beset with scientific error, cites retracted studies that contained fabricated data and inaccurately cites other studies concerning our CrossFit® brand.” CrossFit, Inc. will continue to respond promptly and decisively to all inaccurate claims regarding the safety and efficacy of the training provided by its licensed affiliates and trainers.

Read MoreCrossFit Requests Retraction of Erroneous Injury Paper

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

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