The following script is from “The King of CrossFit” which aired on May 10, 2015. Sharyn Alfonsi is the correspondent. Keith Sharman, producer.
There are more gyms in America than ever before but we’re more overweight than we’ve ever been. Lots of people have theories as to why, but we’re about to introduce you to a man who says he’s figured it out. Greg Glassman is the unlikely creator of the biggest fitness phenomenon in the world right now called “CrossFit.” It’s a workout program that’s unpredictable, uncompromising, and raw…a lot like the man who created it.
Glassman likes to say he runs CrossFit more like a biker gang than a business, but business is booming. In just 15 years, the king of CrossFit has created the largest gym chain in history and turned fitness into a spectator sport.
“It’s still a battle here in this heat…”
Last summer, the finals of the CrossFit games were broadcast on ESPN. Forty-five thousand people showed up to watch contestants who looked like superheroes heave, jump, and lift until a champion was crowned.
“Rich Froning is the fittest man in history!”
If this is the body that defines a new kind of fitness…
Greg Glassman: “I think we’ll be alright.”
The brain that dreamt it all up belongs to Greg Glassman. Well before CrossFit was a competition, he designed it as a new way to workout. He says it can transform anyone, and he’s not just talking about bulging biceps and six-pack abs.
Greg Glassman: I’ll deliver you to your genetic potential.
Sharyn Alfonsi: Your genetic potential?
Greg Glassman: Yeah, how do you like that?
Sharyn Alfonsi: It sounds like you’re creating a robot or something?
Greg Glassman: Look at her, she was meant to look like that. That’s what nature would have carved from her a million years ago or she’d have been eaten.
Greg Glassman hardly looks like an exercise guru. There’s no hint of ripped muscle underneath his untucked shirt, but he is widely considered the most powerful man in fitness today. Read More…
Saturday May 23rd, 2015:
- Run 400 Meters
- 30 Box Jumps (Rx – 24 inch box)
- 30 Wall Ball Shots (Rx – 20 Pound Ball)
- 1 Mile Run
- 100 Pullups
- 200 Push Ups
- 300 Air Squats
- 1 Mile Run