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CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements that reflect aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. High intensity workouts and constantly varying programming are also a key principle of workouts. 

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

CrossFit began in 1996, with the first gyms located in Santa Cruz California. The training method quickly grew in popularity, especially among emergency service workers such as police and firefighters. Shortly after its creation, CrossFit was introduced in Canada. The first CrossFit gym in Canada opened in Vancouver in 2005.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

CrossFit (trademarked program)

Cultural Significance

CrossFit is considered by participants to have a unique culture that emphasizes a community and teamwork approach to health and wellness and promotes an encouraging and motivating atmosphere. Camaraderie and positive motivation are considered defining characteristics by many participants.


Exercise System
  • Academy of Lions
    64 Ossington Avenue
    Toronto, ON M6J2Y7
  • CrossFit Leviathan
    567 Dupont Street
    Toronto, ON M6G1YB
  • CrossFit 416
    390 Queens Quay West
    Unit 112
    Toronto, ON M5V3A6
    37 Mowat Avenue
    Toronto, ON M6K3E9

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