The CrossFit Research and Policy Fund

The CrossFit Research and Policy Fund operates in response to the global devastation of chronic disease, which accounts for 60 percent of deaths worldwide.

Scientific corruption and the undue influence of industry have resulted in government policies and cultural norms that directly contribute to—rather than reduce—the toll of chronic disease on human health. The CDC predicts the United States alone will have up to 100 million diabetics in its population by 2050.

The CrossFit Research and Policy Fund supports the proposition that lifestyle choices—diet and exercise—are the greatest factors in the prevention of chronic disease. The CrossFit methodology (constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement) and its dietary prescription (meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar) are unique in their ability to fight chronic disease, making CrossFit’s 14,500 affiliates effective anti-chronic disease centers.

The CrossFit Research and Policy Fund fulfills its mission by:

  • Funding and publicizing accurate and transparent inquiry free from the commercial influence of the big food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries
  • Supporting education, advocacy, and policy interventions in the service of public health
  • Leading efforts to improve conflict of interest standards in research publications and scientific journals, universities, governmental and quasi-governmental health entities, and the media

What We Do


In response to well-documented and widespread corruption within the current academic and scientific communities, the CrossFit Research and Policy Fund supports truthful and independent inquiry free from corporate, industry, and commercial influence in the fields of sports and health science.

The Fund supports conferences (such as the 2015 CrossFit Conference on Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia and the 2017 "Beyond Calories" Conference), panels, research, and publications on topics across the broad spectrum of public health, including hydration, diet, exercise science and chronic disease.

Public Education and Advocacy

The corruption of the sports, health, and nutrition sciences by industry groups has negatively affected public policy and contributed to a global health crisis. The Research and Policy Fund is dedicated to combating deadly misinformation regarding exercise, diet, and lifestyle choices through public education and advocacy campaigns.

The Fund supports interventions in the interest of public health (such as sugar-sweetened beverage warning labels), resists barriers to health and wellness (such as restrictions and undue regulations placed upon fitness trainers), widely publicizes instances of scientific corruption and industry influence, and provides education and information to the CrossFit community and the public at large.

Current Research, Education, and Advocacy Priorities

Current projects of the CrossFit Research and Policy Fund include research on the metabolic management of cancer; ongoing watchdog research on industry’s corruption of the health sciences; advocating for clear conflict of interest policies at governmental and quasi-governmental bodies such as the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health; and closing the non-profit loophole by spearheading a grassroots effort to reform lax conflict of interest standards that allow industry-founded and funded non-profit organizations to fund scientific research without appropriate scrutiny.

How Can I Donate to the CrossFit Research and Policy Fund?

Anyone can make a gift to the CrossFit Research and Policy Fund by selecting the CrossFit Research and Policy Fund on the donation page. For further inquiries about making a restricted gift to the CrossFit Research and Policy Fund, please email

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