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The CrossFit stimulus—constantly varied high-intensity functional movement coupled with meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar—prepares you for the demands of a healthy, functional, independent life and provides a hedge against chronic disease and incapacity. This stimulus is elegant in the mathematical sense of being marked by simplicity and efficacy. The proven elements of this broad, general, and inclusive fitness, in terms of both movement and nutrition, are what we term our CrossFit Essentials.

The Coach: CrossFit’s Force Multiplier

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When CrossFit arrived on the scene, commercial gyms were retail spaces filled with shiny machines. Physical training had been dumbed down to non-functional, often isolation-machine movements devoid of any skill requirement. Trainers were on hand to pass out towels and upsell memberships. They definitely weren’t needed to coach the movements their clients were doing, and they did not have the skills to teach effective ones. We changed all that.

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The CrossFit Ethos

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The CrossFit ethos can be best understood by examining CrossFit’s prescription and the values that have very naturally developed out of it — values that have come to characterize CrossFit and the CrossFit community. These values include things like results, personal responsibility and accountability, belonging, humility, camaraderie, service, integrity and excellence, work ethic and discipline, resilience and grit, humility, and virtuosity.

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Who We Are: The CrossFit Ethos

The CrossFit Ethos was born out of what we do and how we do it. We say: You just have to show up and do the work and you’ll get the results. This rewards and develops work ethic and discipline. Your effort is measurable and you’re going to share your results with us, and with each other, with visible scores on the whiteboard. This fosters accountability and courage. And because it’s infinitely scalable — that is we scale to meet you where you are but we do not change programs — everyone knows the challenge you faced and you're respected and welcomed for your effort no matter who you are or where you land on the scoreboard. These are key ingredients that build genuine camaraderie and belonging.

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Auburn CrossFit Through a New Member’s Eyes

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“What we practice at CrossFit is hard choices, and the result is we get a better life,” Auburn CrossFit member Dane Sanders says. It’s a practice that does not discriminate. Athletic or deconditioned, young or old, if you put in the work, you’ll get results — and you’ll be supported every step of the way. "Everyone welcomed me,” says 93-year-old Annie Holmes, who joined the affiliate at 89. “It makes you want to stay — and I did.”

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CrossFit Podcast: Rory McKernan on Fitness, Family, Battling Cancer

In this interview at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games, McKernan and CrossFit Education's Senior Content Developer Stephane Rochet (CF-L3) reflect on McKernan’s personal and professional journeys with CrossFit, lessons learned after battling cancer more than a decade ago, and how he pursues excellence in fitness, family, business, and personal development on a day-to-today basis. 

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Unparalleled Efficacy: Understanding the CrossFit Methodology

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Our methodology is the driver of our unparalleled results, or what we call “efficacy.” What this means is: CrossFit actually makes people fit, and arguably we make them fitter faster and more safely than any program out there. The results are universal, predictable, and repeatable. The methodology works for everyone, can be scaled for anyone, and continues to work long term. It seems like magic, but it’s just what happens when you put in the work — results follow. And once you get a taste, you want more of it. It’s how we revolutionized an industry, and changed millions of lives — and will change many more.

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