"Hello Mr. Amundson. My original background is in martial arts, teaching Taekwondo and Kickboxing. Since I've discovered CrossFit I've never been in better shape in my life. I've never felt better, never been faster, never lifted more, or more importantly to me, never been mentally stronger than I am now. When I began training, simply attempting the WODs was satisfying enough at first. Then setting goals helped keep me motivated (double body weight deadlift, improved Fran, linking muscle-ups). But now I'm consistently motivated to just be a better me thanks to your mental reworkings! I recently watched your lecture on leadership and mental workouts at the CrossFit One facility at Reebok HQ and it was the most eye opening, light bulb moment I've had in CrossFit to date. Equal to any PR! I've literally set free my anxiety over certain WODs or techniques. Your energy and enthusiasm is palpable through the screen and your examples and metaphors are inspiring! I hope you're breathing fire for years more and someday I can thank you in person."

— James Walsh

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About CrossFit Amundson

CrossFit Amundson is renowned as the most authentic, “old school” and original CrossFit gym in the world. Our philosophy is that everyone, regardless of background, is an Athlete at heart. We believe that physical training has the opportunity to develop character traits that positively effect the quality of our life outside the gym. 10 AM Crew

At CrossFit Amundson, we take a holistic approach to fitness training. Through our uniquely programmed CrossFit workouts, Warrior Yoga Practices, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training and Outdoor Adventures, we develop strength in the Body – Mind and Spirit.

One of our core tenants is the Principles of Alignment. We teach our Athletes how to Align their body during physical movement to ensure the production of power. We also teach the Alignment of Character, and the relationship between physical training and mental training. The vast majority of our Athletes, within one year of training at CrossFit Amundson, are propelled into their greatest accomplishments, ranging from graduating the Police and Fire Academy, to completion of the Special Forces Pipeline, to overseas study in a MBA program. These frequently heard success stories are due to equal part development in the Body, the Mind, and perhaps most importantly, the Spirit.


CrossFit Amundson prides itself on honoring the tradition, culture and history of CrossFit. In Santa Cruz County, nobody has been training in CrossFit for as long as Greg Amundson. Greg was a former owner of the very first CrossFit gym and was personally trained and mentored by the Founders of CrossFit.

The majority of our workouts are “Original CrossFit Headquarters” workouts. Nearly every workout we program at our gym was completed by Greg Amundson and original “Team Six” Athletes at the World’s first CrossFit gym. Greg was meticulous about keeping a fitness journal from his workouts beginning with his very first WOD in December of 2001. (1 round of 1K row, 21 kettlebell swings, 12 pull-ups!) Many workouts at our gym are pulled directly from Greg’s journals and from original CrossFit Headquarters workouts.

We place a high emphasis on the three tenants of CrossFit which are: Mechanics, Consistency and THEN intensity. Although we love to train hard, we love even more the pursuit of virtuosity (doing the common, uncommonly well) in functional movement. We also take a “longevity” approach to our training and workouts to ensure you a lifetime of improvement, challenge and reward.

For an insiders perspective on the very first days of CrossFit in Santa Cruz County, we recommend reading the CrossFit Journal Article by Greg Amundson called, “CrossFit HQ History.” If you’re “old school” like we are, you’ll love our gym, our workouts and our unique culture. We look forward to seeing you in the gym!



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