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Steps to Affiliation



Complete the general information section and an essay.



Provide the location of your affiliate.



U.S. & U.K. applicants submit proof of insurance.



Submit payment for your first year as a CrossFit affiliate.


License Agreement

E-sign the annual license agreement.



Congratulations! You are an official affiliate.

The first step in the affiliation process is to fill out an application and write an essay. The essay should contain info about your background, what CrossFit affiliation means to you, why you want it, and what you want to achieve. It doesn't have to be long or formal, but it should be from the heart.

The other informal step is to educate yourself and become a part of the community. This can happen in many ways. Do the workouts and post your results to the WOD comments, join the Message Board, subscribe to and read the CrossFit Journal, come to a seminar, and make friends with and visit other affiliates.

  • CrossFit Training Certificate
    We require an applicant to be at least a Level 1 Certificate holder before applying for affiliation. We offer Level 1 Certificate Courses several times a year. Please check the link for more information. A CrossFit Level 3 Certificate also meets this requirement.
  • Proof of Insurance (U.S. and U.K. affiliates)

    U.S. affiliates will be required to submit proof of insurance. Insurance can be purchased from a variety of companies. CrossFit HQ, however, does offer something called the CrossFit Risk Retention Group that we think offers the best insurance for CrossFit affiliates. It is an insurance group formed and run by CrossFit affiliates. You can read more about the RRG here: Please see the Insurance section for more detailed information.

    Just as CrossFit put together the RRG in the U.S. to make sure there was a program available that fit perfectly what would best protect our Affiliates and CrossFit, Inc., so too have we established a program in the U.K. to provide the same thing. The coverage is offered by the CrossFit International Insurance Program. Theirs is not the only policy that CrossFit, Inc. will accept from U.K. Affiliates but it is the gold standard and like the RRG it is offered at a very competitive price and has no potential holes in it’s coverage which is something we cannot guarantee with the other available policies in the U.K.

  • Website
    Once you are affiliated, you will need to have a live website before we will be able to link you on the CrossFit site. This is our primary vehicle for promoting you; therefore, we expect you maintain a good site. Please do not register a domain with the CrossFit name in it until after your affiliate application has been approved; CrossFit is a licensed trademark and its use without our prior permission is illegal. Please see Website Checklist for more detailed information.

U.S. Affiliates

You are required to send us a certificate of insurance (COI) with the following information:

Comprehensive general liability of $1,000,000 per occurrence/$2,000,000 aggregate
Professional liability coverage of $1,000,000.00
If you are registered with CrossFit Kids, you must also have sexual abuse and molestation coverage of $100,000 per occurrence.

Please list the following as named insureds on your policy: your corporate entity, your name and your CrossFit DBA (if applicable).

You must list CrossFit Inc. as an additional insured (certificate holder). The address for CrossFit Inc. as additional insured is:

CrossFit Inc.
1250 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036

In the box labeled "Description of Operations/Locations … " you must have the following:
- Must include your physical gym address
- The verbiage "Certificate holder added as additional insured"

U.K. Affiliates

You are required to send us a schedule of insurance (SOI) with the following information:

Public Liability in the amount of £10,000,000.00 per occurrence and £10,000,000.00 in the aggregate.
Professional Indemnity in the amount of £1,000,000.00 per occurrence and £1,000,000.00 in the aggregate.
If you plan on registering with CrossFit Kids, you must also have sexual abuse and molestation cover of £100,000.00 per occurrence and £100,000.00 in the aggregate.

Must include your physical gym address.
Endorsements: Must contain this wording “CrossFit, Inc. is additional insured as required by written contract. Refer to policy for actual terms.”

All Other Affiliates

While we do not require our other international affiliates to submit proof of insurance, we do strongly recommend they carry it.

As of Jan. 1, 2011, affiliation costs US$3,000 annually. Renewal fees are the same as your initial fees.

Below are the website requirements for licensed affiliates. Please do not publish an affiliate website until after your affiliation paperwork has been finalized!

  • You must have the CrossFit Journal logo/link on your CrossFit homepage. The link needs to go to the "Start here" page, not just the Journal home page. Please use the exact code found here:
  • If you are a gym that is not solely CrossFit (i.e. you offer martial arts, etc.), you must create a separate CrossFit page on your website. Please be sure you put the CrossFit Journal link on your CrossFit page. This is the page that we will be linking to.
  • All links to CrossFit materials must be links to the CrossFit site. You cannot use locally hosted versions of CrossFit material (e.g., PDF files, etc).
  • Ensure all content on your site is original or properly attributed. In other words, if you copy (or paraphrase) any content from the main site or another affiliate, you must give credit. "Courtesy of CrossFit Inc." is fine.
  • All photos from and the CrossFit Journal, and all CrossFit logos and graphics are copyrighted by CrossFit Inc. and none may be used without permission and attribution. The Athena (pit bull) graphics are not available for use.
  • No wholesale reproduction of main site content is authorized. Please link instead.
  • “Place your CrossFit affiliate name in a prominent location, and always please remember to capitalize the “F” whenever you use the trademark “CrossFit.” Thanks!”
  • The affiliate name provided on the site (e.g., CrossFit ABC) should be exactly the same as the name used in the license agreement.
  • Include actual location (city, state) and contact info somewhere prominent on the site.

Once your application is approved and we receive your paperwork, we'll link to your website from the main page of You will also have access to the private Affiliate Forum on the CrossFit Message Boards, where you'll be able to interact with other affiliates and tap their knowledge and experience to help you thrive. Also, your affiliate will be considered for features on the main page if you send us high-quality, interesting photos and videos of your training and events.

Commercial Affiliates are listed on the Affiliate Map.