CrossFit for Doctors

Dr. Chad Potteiger maintains that over 75 percent of his patients’ complaints are simply caused by poor lifestyle choices, such as improper diet and lack of exercise. Potteiger, a gastroenterologist, was recently invited to attend the first CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course specifically for health-care providers.

Although he has previously attended numerous continuing-medical-education seminars, Potteiger says none created the feeling he and his fellow medical professionals had after the Level 1 Seminar, which was led by CrossFit Inc. Founder Greg Glassman at The Ranch in Aromas, California.

CrossFit is inspiring members of the medical community to move beyond treatment of symptoms and disease management. By helping patients remove the root cause of illness, doctors can cure chronic disease.

“For the first time in my medical career, I felt like we didn’t talk about symptom management. We talked about cure,” Potteiger explains. Potteiger says he sees a broken system in which many medical professionals do not focus on food and food manufacturers seemingly care more about profits than the health of consumers. The solution requires work—both from doctors and patients—but it’s exceedingly simple. “If you can get a patient off the couch and off the sugar, you’ve cured them,” Glassman says.

Potteiger agrees. “We don’t have to accept heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s. … We don’t have to accept any of those things anymore. I mean, we can make real change now and make a huge dent in preventing those things from occurring,” the doctor explains. For more info, visit The CrossFit Journal -- (

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This weekend, a Level 1 Certificate Course for medical doctors (#CFMDL1) is taking place at CrossFit HQ. After talking through how to blueprint the air squat around the points of performance, Seminar Staff member @michele_mootzleads a group of doctors who @CrossFitthrough squat therapy, a diagnostic tool used for improving the squat.

A combination of verbal and tactical cues accompany the use of a physical barrier such as a wall to help an athlete understand the movement pattern the instructor is looking for.

Monday's Training:


Box Jump Overs (24/20)

Power Cleans (115/80)

Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Front Squats (115/80)

Lateral Barbell Burpees

Push Jerks (115/80)