It all started from a friend, a colleague, a peer . . .
From being bored with the same routine, from plateauing time and time again . . .
I wanted to get healthy, I wanted people around me who cared . . .

They called it constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity . . .

It's about taking the first step -

It's called CrossFit and I friggin' love it!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Little Background (part 1)

Ambiguity - a term that is supposed to be related to writing and math. . .

an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, meaning, etc

In one definition or another, fitness has become a relative term that is unclear.

Now, every single fitness area has defined fitness, let me just provide you with some background on CrossFit.

"Crossfit has a somewhat unique view of what fitness is. Being "fit" means more than being able to run a fast mile or do a bunch of push-ups. After all, what good is it to be a good runner if you have no upper body strength? Or being really strong without being in good cardiovascular condition?

CrossFit Principles include a wider view of what fitness really is. We believe that there is more to being fit than being skilled in one or more specific activities. Here are the Ten General Physical Skills:
Cardiovascular / respiratory endurance: The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
Stamina: The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
Strength: The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
Flexibility: The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
Power: The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
Speed: The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
Coordination: The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
Agility: The ability to minimize transition time from one movement to another.
Balance: The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.
Accuracy: The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
We offer a comprehensive, scalable fitness program incorporating element of all of these fitness modalities, making them appropriate and effective for a vast range of fitness levels."

I am pro-CrossFit, have been for quite awhile.
Last night, I saw the results of people working really hard over the last two months, because it was two months ago that we had run our first mile of this year.  The winter may keep people indoors, but once those doors open, the need to run is unequivocal.  Therefore, to see people PR (set a personal record) on a workout that is extremely difficult - that included much more than a run - was absolutely astounding. 

And for some, it was amazing to see a first mile accomplished.  

This year will continue to be epic with you leading the way.

-Coach Tony

 Fitness is an ambiguous word.  Is the strongest person alive the most fit person alive?  Is the most flexible person alive the most fit person alive?  And is the fastest person alive the most fit person alive?

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