How to Start CrossFit?

New to CrossFit? There are a few options to get started.

Join a Local Affiliate

There are more than 13,000 licensed CrossFit affiliates worldwide, and the number is growing. Run independently by credentialed CrossFit trainers, these affiliates provide coaches who can teach you the movements and help you acclimate to the program. They'll provide you with programming, technical expertise, equipment, motivation and everything you need to get all the benefits of the CrossFit program. You can use the Affiliate Finder Map to find a location near you.

Credentialed CrossFit trainers can be located via the Trainer Directory. publishes the workout of the day—WOD—daily, and athletes can reference the Exercises and Demos page to learn the movements commonly seen in the workouts.

It must be understood that workouts are extremely demanding and will tax the capacities of even the world's best athletes. You would be well advised to take on the WOD cautiously and move toward completing the workouts comfortably and consistently before throwing yourself at them 100 percent. The best results have come for those who have scaled the workouts down to establish competency before maximizing intensity. Workouts can be scaled—or modified—by adjusting the length, number of reps, loads, distances or even movements. Properly implemented scaling preserves the intent of the original workout while taking into account the unique needs of the athlete.

The workouts on represent one presentation of the CrossFit philosophy of constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. You'll see a mixture of gymnastics, strength training and conditioning, all presented in variety of formats. Some workouts are longer than others, and some will contain more or less elements. The overall goal is to ensure athletes are exposed to a broad array of movements, loads and time domains.

Additional information about performing and modifying workouts can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

CrossFit Training

The Level 1 Certificate Course is an introduction to CrossFit's methodology and foundational movements. Along with classroom instruction, the course offers hands-on training when learning the foundational movements.

Throughout the course, you will utilize the Level 1 Certificate Course Participant Handbook as a guide to CrossFit's methodology, definition of fitness, mission statement and more. The handbook is offered as a free download and will be very useful to anyone who wants to learn more about the CrossFit program.

CrossFit also offers additional levels of training, from Level 2 to 4, as well as specialty courses for those looking to learn more about specific elements of the CrossFit program, including gymnastics, weightlifting, powerlifting and more. For more information on the Level 1 Certificate Course and other available CrossFit courses, click here.

The CrossFit Journal

The CrossFit Journal contains a wealth of information for both beginners and veteran CrossFit athletes. The Journal's archives go back to April 2002 and contain almost 4,000 articles, videos and radio shows featuring CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman, Louie Simmons, Mike Burgener, Nicholas Romanov and many other experts.

The Journal is full of technical information, training advice and fitness theory, as well information about how to outfit a garage gym, stories from the global community, and reference material for CrossFit affiliate owners.

To get started, read Glassman's seminal article "What Is Fitness", published in Oct. 2002, then explore the archives by category.