New Frontier Fitness is a companion project to Daniel Kunitz’s book Lift: Fitness Culture from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors, published by HarperWave.

Lift defines New Frontier Fitness (NFF) as those functional, demographically expansive fitness practices that have largely emerged in the 21st century, such as Crossfit, Parkour, Acroyoga, strongman training, the various new-school forms of calisthenics, and hybrids of these like Ninja Warrior training.

The aim of the NFF blog is to provide commentary (personal, journalistic, philosophical, and critical) on NFF cultures; explore new manifestations, movements, and approaches; and to promote dialogue across NFF communities.


Daniel Kunitz writes on fitness, art, literature, design, and culture, among other subjects for many publications, including Harper’s, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, The L.A. Times Book Review, The Paris Review, Modern Painters, Art + Auction, ArtReview, TLS, Details, Town & Country, New York magazine, Slate,Salon, The Village Voice, Departures, artinfo.com, Art News, and Bookforum.

He is a past Editor in Chief of the contemporary art magazine Modern Painters, U.S. Editor of ArtReview, and Managing Editor of The Paris Review. He trains and competes in weightlifting and Crossfit.