20 Box Jumps
Mobilize that ass!
This is one of my favorite quotes from CrossFit founder Greg Glassman.
“The line of reasoning that “the elements of CrossFit were well known and that therefor the program is not original” is factually and logically untenable. Beethoven invented nothing – the notes were each known to all. Shakespeare did nothing original in Hamlet – the words were common place. Andrew Wyeth bought his tempera from readily available sources – colors we’ve all seen before, so no original works there. Wolfgang Puck is no chef – he’s using ingredients I can find in my local grocery store. Absurd utterances each, stupid to repeat, and dangerous if believed.
CrossFit is as original as any novel, poem, musical score, recipe OR software (always ones and zeros, therefore never original)…
This argument/observation, used sadly by [some guy] last week, is so weak that when it was offered by one of the Queen’s JAG’s in Canada during meetings to formally decide whether Canadian Forces needed to attribute/compensate CrossFit for their use of our program, immediately on hearing this weak line of argument, the majority quickly decided that this, CrossFit, was IP and that attribution, compensation, and licensing was morally, ethically, and legally required. Good, good, people Canadians. Neither stupid nor dishonest. Great combination of attributes.
And, as for… CrossFit, being “extant knowledge”, [this is] 100% wrong.
We’ve weathered attacks against every single facet of this concept from academia, commercial fitness, athletic training, and Internet turds with no athletic training or experience beyond Internet posting (DD, IronGarm, T-Nation). Truth is CrossFit is “Bizarro World” different from what is going on at every university sports program (except the ones we’ve infected), commercial gyms (except for the ones we’ve infected), and among exercise physiologists (except for the ones we’ve infected).
The problem is that [many people] came in during the third stage of Arthur Schopenhauer’s dictum that “every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed; in the second it is opposed; in the third it is regarded as self-evident.” I actually enjoyed the first and second phases best!”
-Greg Glassman, Founder of CrossFit