Wednesday 2/26/20


For Time:
50 Front Squats 135/95,
6 Bar Over Burpees Every Minute.
8 Minute Cap!

Tuesday Night Musings with Coach Julia. 

The History of CrossFit, Inc. 

Good Evening All: 

Tonight, I am going to be going over the origins of CrossFit or CrossFit, Inc., because in the next few weeks there will be a general focus on the foundational aspects of CrossFit, and hopefully you will find this information useful and/or maybe pick up a historical fact you did not know before. 

Greg Glassman opened his own gym in 1995, that was located in Santa Cruz, California.  CrossFit, Inc. was formally established by Greg Glassman and his then wife, Lauren Jenai, in 2000.  Glassman was a former gymnast and in his early days, he created workouts that were initially attractive to his fellow sports minded friends, but then drew the interest of military (including infamously Navy Seals), law enforcement, and other athletes because of the constantly varied movements that incorporated components from several sports and types of exercise, including a wide range of bar work, aerobic, gymnastic, and Olympic Lifting movements.  These workouts created the simulation or intensity in feelings typically only felt during competition or while in high stress environments where efficient execution and elite fitness was critical.  

The first affiliate CrossFit gym (after Glassman’s in California), was CrossFit North in Seattle.  In 2005, there were only 13 affiliates, by 2012 there were 3,400 affiliates, and by 2018, it was estimated that there were over 15,000 affiliates worldwide.  The first CrossFit Games was held in 2007, in California.  These Games happen every summer and at the end of the Games, one man and one woman are named “The Fittest on Earth”, amongst various other winners, including the team competition.   

Since it’s inception, CrossFit workouts (workout of the day or “WOD”) have been posted online at for any one to use.  To this day there is still a free WOD posted  that anyone can follow, along with articles, information on affiliates, seminars available and a host of other resources.  

Presently, it is Glassman’s mission and priority to have affiliates focus on health.  Globally, Glassman is trying to reach underserved populations and believes that affiliates are the place to take on reversing chronic diseases brought on by sedentary lifestyles and poor diets.  

We hope to follow that health focus at Helo, in addition to presenting CrossFit to our members as a lifestyle outlined by safe, effective exercise with good nutrition and habits that help to build our supportive (not to mention amazing) community!

As always, thanks for reading. 


Coach Julia