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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.

Conflicts of interest run rampant at federal health and science agencies, including the CDC and NIH. Vested interests such as opioid and soda companies divert government attention from their products’ damages. Federal law and policy are supposed to regulate the NIH and CDC’s industry partnerships, but for years the agencies’ leadership and foundations have ignored these guidelines in what increasingly appears to be a deliberate attempt to promote their sponsors’ interests.

Read MoreNIH Maintains Murky Opioid Partnerships Despite Law, Policy, and Scandals

Public-private partnerships, facilitated by a government agency’s affiliated foundation, can compromise the integrity of that agency’s mission, especially in the absence of transparency. The only way to ensure the veracity of the science and research coming from an organization, especially one with such attractive proximity to government influence and authority, is to know who is providing the funding and whether there are any restrictions on its expenditure. The FDA’s Reagan-Udall Foundation, however, which exploits such partnerships, continues to illegally conceal reports on its funding sources and restrictions.

Read MoreFDA’s Reagan-Udall Foundation Continues to Conceal Funding Reports

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

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