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Fatal Fitness is a crosstraining-specific website and methodology with a primary focus on calisthenics, plyometrics, functional movement, and high intensity, randomized training that is meant to mimic the naturally-occurring randomization of nature. It's methods are based on both conventional and unconventional wisdom. Experimentation is encouraged.


The Fatal Fitness method uses an eclectic mixture of calisthenics, plyometrics, free weights, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars and many unorthodox exercises (tire flipping, sledgehammer swings) to accomplish their mission. The most common training type utilized is circuit training. Free daily workouts, called Death Certificates, (DCs) are posted on the website, along with previous DCs, which are archived in the Graveyard. Fatal Fitness believes in higher standards of performance. To illustrate this, Fatal Fitness created a unique fitness test, called the REAPER, which consists of the 8 events it believes are essential to an accurate gauge of fitness: vertical leap, sit-and-reach flexibility test, pullups, pushups, situps, 3-mile run, dips, and a 1500m swim.


Fatal Fitness was created in 2006 by Dan Donche, a US Air Force TACP, because he grew bored of conventional training methods. The original workouts were posted as bulletins on Myspace, as the official website was launched in June 2007.

Sample Workout

According to website statistics and member polls, the most popular Death Certificate (workout) is called Ben-Hur, created by a member called Latimusdorkus.


1 Pullup, 2 Pushups
2 Pullups, 4 Pushups
3 Pullups, 6 Pushups
4 Pullups, 8 Pushups
5 Pullups, 10 Pushups
6 Pullups, 12 Pushups
7 Pullups, 14 Pushups
6 Pullups, 16 Pushups
5 Pullups, 18 Pushups
4 Pullups, 20 Pushups
3 Pullups, 22 Pushups
2 Pullups, 24 Pushups

1 Pullup, 26 Pushups

100 Squats
100 Dips
Intervals 10 minutes


It has been suggested that the idea of Fatal Fitness was stolen from CrossFit, which is perhaps the world's premier cross-training organization. Donche admits to having initially been influenced by CrossFit. However, Fatal Fitness has since evolved into its own distinct culture and style, and distinguishes itself form CrossFit's methods in several ways, including:

  • Fatal Fitness does not use Olympic Lifting as a conditioning or work capacity building exercise. For this purpose Fatal Fitness will use lighter, safer forms of exercise such as kettlebells or bodyweight movements.
  • It only uses Olympic Lifting in the context it was designed for, i.e., for power development, intra- and inter-muscular coordination.
  • It places a higher emphasis on bodyweight exercise, especially military calisthenics.
  • It places a higher emphasis on traditional endurance such as running and especially swimming.
  • Fatal Fitness' training structure, known as the "Skeleton", was built without reference or recourse to CrossFit.
  • Fatal Fitness strives for a wider variety of exercise formats.

Despite any differences and occasional tension between users of CrossFit and Fatal Fitness, Fatal Fitness founder Dan Donche has stressed repeatedly that Fatal Fitness holds CrossFit in high regard, but that Fatal Fitness simply takes a different path. In his words, "we like our poison better."

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