About Affiliation

"We want to fuel a revolution in fitness that advocates the pursuit of function, not form -- that measures performance, not anatomy. We want rings and bumper plates in our gyms, not machines. We believe that where you train is less important than how you train and that who you train with matters more than what gear you have. We know this can be done in little boxes and we’ve proven that the garage is as good an environment as any for Forging Elite Fitness®.
--Greg Glassman

From the beginning, the CrossFit movement has provided an alternative to the prevailing commercial gym establishment and its signature "big-box," machine-based, bodybuilding approach to fitness.

We promoted the ethic and aesthetic of the garage gym in large part to provide a home and refuge for our more athletic programming, which couldn't find quarter in the commercial gyms. CrossFit is not a franchise and never will be. Our affiliates constitute a confederation of legitimate fitness practitioners united around constantly varied, intense, functional exercise and pooling reliable resources under the CrossFit name.

Today, with over 13,000 affiliates worldwide, we see ourselves as part of a larger war between the methods, outcomes, and principles of big-box franchises such as the Gold's, Bally's, and 24-Hour Fitnesses and those of our small-box facilities.

CrossFit affiliation is an Internet-based, grassroots movement started by CrossFitters who wanted their own local CrossFit-equipped gyms, trainers, and communities. It has become a call to all who really care about fitness to get the car out of the garage, pick up some dumbbells, a barbell, a few plates, a pull-up bar, and some rings, and try the Workout of the Day. Inviting a friend to participate compounds the experience. Keep it up and before long you'll need a bigger space. Write us an essay (application), license a name, set up a website, send us photos and you become part of the growing community of CrossFit affiliates.

For more specific information on the affiliation process, see How to Affiliate.

Non-commercial Affiliates

We encourage and welcome high school/elementary school CrossFit Club Affiliates. We waive the affiliation fee and insurance requirement for these special affiliates. To qualify for school affiliation, you must be on a school campus, training students and staff only, and be free of charge. If you plan on offering CrossFit Kids classes or using the “CrossFit Kids” name, you must first register with CrossFit Kids. Please contact CrossFit Kids at crossfit.kids@crossfit.com for additional information.

We encourage and welcome University CrossFit Club Affiliates. To qualify for a university affiliation, you must be on campus, training students and staff only, and be free of charge. We waive the affiliation fee for university affiliates. The insurance requirement must be met for university affiliates located in the US. Email affiliatesupport@crossfit.com for more details.

To qualify for an LEO affiliation, you must train law enforcement or fire station personnel only and be free of charge. If you meet these requirements we will waive the US$3,000 annual affiliate fee and the insurance requirement. Email affiliatesupport@crossfit.com for more details.

To qualify for Military affiliation, you must be on a military base and be free of charge. If you meet those requirements we will waive the $3000 annual affiliate fee and the insurance requirement. Email affiliatesupport@crossfit.com for more details.