Beginning in the year 2000, in Santa Cruz, CrossFit has now become one of the biggest fitness regimes in the world. With 10,000+ affiliates, the CrossFit Games airing on ESPN and more "cultists" joining each and every day, CrossFit has (for many of us) changed the way we train from day to day.

However, recently Iv received a lot of questions on CrossFit and how it used to be when it first started.

How was the programming different, what was the first CrossFit Regionals and Games like, what was the typical "culture" and results in a CrossFit box and and how was it all different from today?

First, we delve into the programming side of things and take a look at just how much things have changed and why.


Did you know that when CrossFit first began the programming only featured one component every day?

For example:

  • Monday you might have done Deadlifts (5, 5, 5, 5, 5 - meaning work up to a max set of 5 reps)
  • Tuesday you attacked "Fran" (21-15-9 reps of Thrusters and Pull Ups For Time)
  • Wednesday you nearly met "pukie" with a 20min AMRAP of 15x KB Swings, 15x Box Jumps and 15x Cal Row.
  • Thursday you put your feet up and had a rest day (ie questioned why you were doing CrossFit).

The prescribed sessions ran 3 days on and 1 day off.

Note how vastly different it is today with many boxes daily WOD's featuring a skill, strength and a conditioning component in the one session! Back then people would have thought your mad (still do) and walked out the door. CrossFit was already hard core enough.

So what changed the programming so dramatically?


The advent of the CrossFit Games in 2007 changed everything. It spearheaded levels of "fitness" never thought possible and with it this drastically changed the way affiliates programmed worldwide.

As stated earlier, now we have a skill, strength and a conditioning component virtually every day. This is a massive increase in volume and what the average CrossFitter does in one session these days would have been the equivalent of up to 4 days of training back then!

The standard has been raised year after year, exponentially, thanks to the CrossFit Games.


So with such a drastic change we have to stop and wonder in amazement at just how superhuman the average CrossFitter (and I mean the mums, dads, teens and kids - not just the elite level) are, compared to back in the day.

Pat yourself on the back - you might have actually gone to the CrossFit Regionals or Games with the level at which you WOD each week these days.

I hope this gives you some perspective on just how much everything has changed since CrossFit started and best of luck in your training!

The next blog post we will look at an example of just how much "fitter" everyone at the CrossFit Games level has actually gotten, with a look into the 2007 final WOD and its repeat in the 2013 Games.

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