What is Fitness?

(Courtesy of The CrossFit Journal)

What Is Fitness and Who Is Fit? Outside Magazine crowned triathlete Mark Allen “the fittest man on earth.” Let’s just assume for a moment that this famous six-time winner of the IronMan Triathlon is the fittest of the fit, then what title do we bestow on the decathlete Simon Poelman who also possesses incredible endurance and stamina, yet crushes Mr. Allen in any comparison that includes strength, power, speed, and coordination?

Perhaps the definition of fitness doesn’t include strength, speed, power, and coordination though that seems rather odd. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “fitness” and being “fit” as the ability to transmit genes and being healthy. No help there. Searching the Internet for a workable, reasonable definition of fitness yields disappointingly little. Worse 
yet, the NSCA, the most respected publisher in exercise physiology, in their highly authoritative Essentials of Strength
Training and Conditioning doesn’t even attempt a definition.

Crossfit’s Fitness

For CrossFit the specter of championing a fitness program without clearly defining what it is that the program delivers combines elements of fraud and farce. The vacuum of guiding authority has therefore necessitated that CrossFit’s directors provide their own definition of fitness. That’s what this issue of CrossFit Journal is about, our “fitness.”

 

CrossFit’s Fitness – Foundations

Courtesy of The CrossFit Journal

 

CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational
 response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

The CrossFit Program was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. Our athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse, and randomized physical challenges. This fitness is demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess. CrossFit has proven effective in these arenas.

Aside from the breadth or totality of fitness the CrossFit Program seeks, our program is distinctive, if not unique, in its focus on maximizing neuroendocrine response, developing power, cross-training with multiple training modalities, constant training and practice with functional movements, and the development of successful diet strategies. Our athletes are trained to bike, run, swim, and row at short, middle, and long distances guaranteeing exposure and competency in each of the three main metabolic pathways.

CrossFit teaches 9 Foundational Movements. The mastery of these 9 movements correlate directly to the efficiency of the exercises performed during your workouts and transfer to the development of other skills you see often in WODs.
They are:

  •                Air Squat
  •                Front Squat
  •                Overhead Squat
  •                Shoulder Press
  •                Push Press
  •                Push Jerk
  •                Deadlift
  •                Sumo Deadlift High Pull
  •                Medicine Ball Clean

All of these movements are covered in our Intro program to guarantee your comfort in executing them properly and effectively. 
Other movements/exercises include:

  •                Pull Ups
  •                Push Ups
  •                Sit Ups
  •                Jump Rope
  •                Box Jumps
  •                Running/Sprinting
  •                Rowing
  •                Gymnastic Ring Work
  •                Dumbbell Work
  •                Kettlebell Swings
  •                Wall Balls
  •                Static Holds
  •                And various others

While this list may seem foreign or intimidating, please note that every one of them is modifiable and scalable to meet your skill level and needs.

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