Monday, May 26, 2008

What is CrossFit FITNESS?

Hey CrossFitters,

For many of us today our idea of "FITNESS" is what we see in the mirror or what the media tells us it is (physical appearance).

True fitness is more than aesthetics. It's a measurable increase in one's health, wellbeing and overall daily physical abilities and performance. Don't get caught up in the media and societies hype of physical appearance being the only mark of true fitness. Read on and learn what true "FITNESS" really is and how CrossFit can help you attain it.

Your body will only respond to an unaccustomed stressor; routine is the enemy of progress and broad adaptation. Don't subscribe to high reps, low reps, long rests, or short rests, but strive for variation. It is highly desirable to regularly experiment with interval patterns of varying combinations of rest, work, and repetitions.

Strive to blur the distinction between "cardio" and strength training. Nature has no regard for this distiction or any other, including or 10 physical adaptations. Use weights and plyometric training to elicit a metabolic response and sprinting to improve strength.

Scalability and Applicability:

The needs of an Olympic athlete and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. One is looking for functional dominance and the other for functional competence. Competence and dominance manifest through identical physiological mechanisms. Load and intensity will vary but the program will remain the same for each.

CrossFit Physical Skills List:

If your goal is optimum physical competence then all the general physical skills below must be considered. CrossFit training takes each of these 10 skills into account when prescribing the Workout of the Day (W.O.D). Train each of these 10 skills as often as possible to become proficiant at each skill. Remember; "Practice Makes Perfect".

1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance - The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.

2. Stamina - The ability of body systems process, deliver, store and utilize energy.

3. Strength - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.

4. Flexibilty - The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.

5. Power - The ability of a muscular unit or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.

6. Speed - The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.

7. Coordination - The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a single distinct movement.

8. Agility - The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.

9. Balance - The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.

10. Accuracy - The ability control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
(Jim Crawley and Bruce Evans at Dynamax, )

To learn more about how CrossFit can help you please visit or call Jeremy Barnett at 239 851-3940.

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Jeremy Barnett, ISSA-CFT, Co-Founder

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