Tuesday, February 5, 2013
OUR SPECIALTY IS NOT SPECIALIZING.
“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?
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.” SO WHAT IS FIT!??! WHO IS FIT??
“The theoretical heirarchy of development (pyramid below), starts with nutrition and moves to metabolic conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting, and ﬁnally sport. This hierarchy largely reﬂects
foundational dependence, skill, and to some degree, time ordering of development. This model has greatest utility in analyzing athletes’ shortcomings or difﬁculties. We don’t deliberately order these components but nature will. If you have a deﬁciency at any level of “the pyramid” the components above will suffer.”
That’s why we work on EVERYTHING at CrossFit. Who cares if you can run a marathon if you can’t jump 20 inches. You may be able to lift 400 pounds from the ground, but not be able to run a mile in under 9 minutes. In order to close the gap between strengths and weaknesses we have you practice EVERYTHING from Max Effort Deadlifts to burpees for time. The great thing is that improving one can also help you to improve the other!
“CrossFit makes use of three different standards or models for evaluating and guiding ﬁtness. Collectively, these three standards deﬁne the CrossFit view of ﬁtness. The ﬁrst is based on the ten general physical skills widely recognized by exercise physiologists. The second standard, or model, is based on the performance of athletic tasks, while the third is based on the energy systems that drive all human action.The motivation for the three standards is simply to ensure the broadest and most general ﬁtness possible.Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of ﬁtness and, on average, punish the specialist.”
Read the entire article, “What is Fitness” for the entire explanation. It’s cool stuff!
The 3rd Firebreather Challenge started yesterday. If you missed Monday, you are still eligible as long as you complete 5 WODs this week!
The party and cash giveaway for the last round of Firebreathers will be on Sunday Feb 17. We will be having an SRC social for all members! The social will include field games(think 5th grade field day!), paleo snacks and awards for our top competitors(made by hand with love from your crafty coaches). We are currently working out the time for the event. Keep an eye on the blog.