Battles

CrossFit’s bold positions on health and fitness have brought us into conflict with the entrenched interests of the fitness, nutrition, and food and beverage industries. These entities have launched and funded numerous efforts to restrain and regulate CrossFit affiliates. They have engaged in repeated scientific misconduct and fraud, lobbied for legislation that would criminalize the daily practices of CrossFit affiliates and trainers, and covered up the corporate partnerships that fund their work, at times in contravention of federal law. CrossFit has successfully fought back, suing them for their lies and misconduct, informing policymakers of their schemes, and advocating against their proposed legislation. While our adversaries’ agenda is covert, our mission in these CrossFit Battles could not be clearer: to keep fitness legal.

Law 360

"The National Strength and Conditioning Association can’t shut down a suit by its insurer seeking to dodge coverage for an underlying false advertising suit brought by CrossFit Inc. just yet, a California federal court ruled Monday. …The NSCA is currently embroiled in a bitter legal battle with CrossFit over claims that it published a since-debunked 2013 study portraying CrossFit’s exercise regimen as unsafe, despite knowing the study’s findings were bogus."

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This collection contains documents CrossFit Inc. obtained from the CDC Foundation in August 2018 through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The compilation includes correspondence relating to the CDC Foundation's legal requirement, under the Public Health Service Act, to include in its annual report the source and amount of all monetary gifts to the foundation, as well as the source and description of all gifts of real or personal property.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have failed to effectively address unprecedented increases in chronic disease rates and deaths. U.S. life expectancy is in a three-year-decline. Troublingly, this failure on the part of our public health institutions coincides with shadowy payments made by the pharmaceutical and food/beverage industries to these federal agencies through their respective foundations, the CDC Foundation (FCDC) and the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH).

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An “ethical and related analysis of two primary questions: (1) whether the editorial staff of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research ... undertook appropriate processes for manuscript review of a paper authored by Michael Smith et al. (the 'Devor article'), particularly as those review procedures concerned the manuscript's eventual inclusion of statements regarding injuries in the CrossFit study population; and (2) whether JSCR editors responded appropriately to allegations of scientific misconduct concerning the Devor article.”

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“Coke’s recipe for success in China relies on more than cultivating political relationships and strategic localisation of products and marketing. Through a complex web of institutional, financial, and personal links, Coke has been able to influence China’s health policies. … It has done this by leveraging the Chinese branch of an organisation it created to advance its interests around the world. The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), set up by a Coke executive 40 years ago in the U.S., is housed within the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a unit of the government health ministry.”

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A timeline of CrossFit Inc. Affiliate growth shown next to key moments in CrossFit's Battles from 2001 to 2018.

Summary of events outlining CrossFit's history fighting The Coca-Cola Company, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, personal-training licensure, and more.

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