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The CrossFit Total is a strength assessment that is the sum of the best of three attempts at the squat, shoulder press, and the deadlift, done in that order.[1] All three exercises are done while standing on the ground, and require no additional equipment, such as a weight bench, which is needed for powerlifting. It first appeared on the CrossFit website on 3 December 2006, and was created by Mark Rippetoe.

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  1. Mark Rippetoe (December 2006). The CrossFit Total. CrossFit Journal. Retrieved on 2009-03-09.