CrossFit.com has been posting a single Workout of the Day (WOD) on their main page since 2001. This seemingly innocuous act has snowballed into the most disruptive fitness movement the industry has ever seen. It has led to over 9,000 independently owned CrossFit® Affiliate Gyms, and over 200,000 competitors in the Sport of Fitness™.
Movement Selection and Frequency
CrossFit.com WODs (2008-2013)
- Total number of distinct movements assigned: 218
- Total number of movements assigned only once: 81
- Most Assigned Monostructural Movement: Run
- Most Assigned Gymnastics Movement: Pull-up
- Most Assigned Weightlifting Movement: Deadlift
Top 30 Movements
It’s interesting to look at the most commonly assigned movements on CrossFit.com (2008-2013). It can give us a very real sense of which movements are seen as paramount to the programmers at CrossFit HQ. Looking at the ebb and flow of particular movement frequencies can give us insight into their evolving ideas of what the most important/effective movements are.
The top 10 movements are consistently assigned twice monthly or more.
The Deadlift is the most commonly prescribed single lift, but if we combine “Clean” variations, they are seen with a similar frequency as Deadlifts. See the chart below for the full trends of the top 30 movements.
(Number of WODs featuring each movement, per year and overall)