Greg Glassman: King of CrossFit – New Jersey CrossFit
On Sunday, 60 Minutes re-aired a segment about Greg Glassman, the creator of CrossFit. The segment talked about Glassman’s philosophy on fitness, how CrossFit started out, and touched on the business side. Glassman believes through CrossFit he can help you reach your “genetic potential”. By genetic potential he means helping you create the body you would have developed in the caveman era to survive in the wild. CrossFit is all about the unknown and unforeseeable. The workouts help you transform your body so that you will be ready for anything that life throws at you from an earthquake to every day chores around the house.
Glassman created CrossFit after dropping out of college and becoming a personal trainer. His clients would perform CrossFit style workouts at traditional gyms. Gym owners were not a fan of his loud and untraditional style of training. He frequently got kicked out of gyms and had to find new places to workout. Finally in 2001, Glassman opened his own box in Santa Cruz.
Fast forward to today, there are now over 12,000 boxes. These boxes are all over the world from the United States to Australia. Glassman made it very simple to open up a box, $3,000 yearly fee and a two day seminar. Other than those two stipulations, there are no other rules. You can open up a box directly next door to another one if you wanted to.
I highly recommend checking out the whole 60 Minutes interview. It is a great way to learn more about the man who created CrossFit and to learn about how safe and effective these workouts are for your body.