Funny you should ask!
Here’s what HQ said back in 2004: What is Crossfit?
The World-Wide-Interwebz says: Crossfit
Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet says:
Out of all these people, we like listening to Camille… She may be talking about competing in the Crossfit games, but every time she says ‘competing in the games’ replace that with ‘showing up for your first WOD’ and it all still pretty much holds true. Constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity will test you over and over again, and it’s one of the best gifts a fitness program could ever give you.
At Full Circle Fitness, we contend that Crossfit is in the execution. Depending on where you go and whom you train with, your Crossfit experience can vary greatly. Our emphasis is first and foremost on teaching beginners proper form, and helping more advanced athletes continue to make steady progress over the long term.