Greg Glassman asked the question, “What is fitness?”
Blair Morrison offers some of his own thoughts to help you discover what fitness means to you.
What is fitness?
In CrossFit, movements transfer to real life: The air squat improves our ability to sit down and stand up, the deadlift improves our ability to pick objects off the floor in a safe manner, and the list goes on.
The snatch is not a movement regularly seen in daily life, but it can simultaneously develop all 10 components of fitness: speed, power, strength, flexibility, stamina, cardiorespiratory endurance, coordination, accuracy, agility and balance. This makes the snatch a very useful tool for anyone who is seeking to improve fitness. As such, it’s described in detail in the “CrossFit Level 1 Training Guide,” and we teach all attendees how to snatch at the Level 1 Certificate Course.
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Let’s take a deeper look at the components of stress and the mental skills you can practice to help negate any decreases in performance outcomes.
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Be patient and limit frustration.
One of the most common questions we get - and we get about our program in general - "Is that really all you do?" "How is it possible to see good results with these short workouts?" "Don't I need to do more."
The answer is simple.
Have you ever found yourself saying, “I want to try CrossFit, but I’m afraid of getting too bulky”? Well, you’re not alone!
This sticky misconception holds true for many women afraid to lift heavy and adopt this workout style. So let’s clear the air!
"Is that all we're doing today?"
A question almost always asked by members when the workout is a dedicated heavy day. A result of a common trend in our community; that more is better and that the best way to increase one's fitness is to increase one's training volume. Not true. The goal of a successful fitness program should be to maximise the effectiveness of the program. Maximising effectiveness does not mean maximising volume. Simply put. More is not better.
“Be impressed by intensity, not volume.” Coach Greg Glassman
Why are heavy days important?
As a CrossFitter you have likely been: fatigued, sore and generally beat up at one time or another, or perhaps continuously! This is a result of training. What will largely determine the results you obtain from training is a multifaceted concept, recovery.
Adequate recovery allows for more training and ultimately improved performance. In some respects recovery is the Night to our exercise Day (this analogy will be more true than we can imagine). In exercise we release hormones, mount immune responses, cause inflammation and use things like glycogen and lipids for fuel. Recovery complements this process. Accelerating the things we want and mitigating the less desirable processes will provide more return on our exercise investment.
Many scientific studies either proclaim a particular food will kill you or help you live to be 300 years old, said Harvey Levenstein, professor emeritus of history at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
“It starts with some kind of a warning and it sounds like it’s very, very certain, but then by the time you get to the third or fourth sentence, then the ‘may’ becomes the operative word … but people don’t read it that way. They just read the headline: ‘X Food Will Kill You, Say the Experts.’”
Food producers with a vested interest will often claim food is healthy. It’s up to individuals to determine the value of the foods they eat.
No matter the severity or duration, each injury is challenging in its own way. We have to realise that there are stages to the injury process that are much like the stages of grief we go through when a loved one dies. We also have to realise that the faster we can work through those stages, the better off we will be mentally, physically and emotionally.
Here are the stages as well as commentary on their effects.