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While there are endless fitness methodologies out there today, CrossFit may just be the most criticized and scrutinized…

Some call it a cult, while others deem it a mere fad, but it’s been around for almost 20 years so at what point can something no longer be termed a fad? 

Let’s find out! 

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a training methodology defined as constantly varied, functional movements, performed at a moderate to high intensity. If taken seriously, CrossFit as a lifestyle covers all bases, from diet and nutrition to fitness and functionality in every-day life.

It is intended for all demographics and experience levels and it does not discriminate. It improves strength, builds muscle, increases aerobic capacity and cardio, boosts flexibility and range of motion, while also building mental toughness and strategic thinking skills. On top of that, CrossFit is a community of like-minded individuals that are working towards a similar goal, and that’s peak health.

CrossFit’s 10 Fitness Domains:

  • Respiratory and cardio endurance;
  • Stamina;
  • Strength;
  • Coordination;
  • Flexibility;
  • Power;
  • Speed;
  • Agility;
  • Balance;
  • Accuracy

CrossFit’s 3 Categories:

  • Weight lifting;
  • Cardiovascular monostructural;
  • Gymnatsics

So, if CrossFit provides all of the above statements, and it’s been around for almost 20 years, can it be deemed a fitness fad?

I don’t think so…


While determining whether or not something is a fad is highly biased and opinionated, it does not mean that either is factual. So, whether or not CrossFit is a fad depends on who you talk to.

However, this is frankly not an acceptable truth. If an opinion determines if something is a fad or not, in theory, anything and everything under the sun can be deemed a fad. If we look at facts, on the other hand, CrossFit might be the furthest thing from a fad.

Whether you look at the empirical evidence, scientific facts, or anecdotal claims, CrossFit has shown to provide immense benefits across the board since its inception 20 years ago.

While several other fitness corporations like the NSCA have tried to take CrossFit down, CrossFit comes out on top time and time again.

So, is CrossFit a fad? You be the judge…

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