What is Crossfit?

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.


We've been in the CrossFit community since the early days. As the oldest CrossFit gym in DC, we've seen it all. Our programming builds on the idea that a human being should be able to prepare for any physical activity, with a handful of fundamental movements. Whether you walk, run, skate, or ski, Primal's Crossfit program will enhance your performance.

Our trainers work together to create 8-16 week cycles that focus on improving specific components of your overall fitness.  Whether it be building general strength, cardiovascular endurance, or mobility, our approach is designed to help anyone at any fitness level.

We post and coach a "workout of the day" (WOD) every day that builds toward these goals.