People tell me about their fitness programs on a regular basis and ask me to compare them to Crossfit. I’m willing to answer but usually just thank for not being a couch potato. (P90x, some Boot Camp, bodybuilding, shake weight etc.) First of all I’m just glad they’re not part of the obesity epidemic in America. Anything is better than nothing. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s all it’s better than. If it’s a fitness program I’ll ask them a simple question: How does your program define fitness and how will I know when I’m fit? Is fitness strength? Abs? VO2 max? Consecutive episodes of Oprah while I’m on the elliptcal maybe? Another simple question – can your women do pullups? Can your guys lift double their bodyweight?
The biggest thing Crossfit does that’s different is draw a line in the sand and define fitness. We say fitness is increased work capacity across broad time domains and modalities. We measure it 3 ways: Your ability to perform the random tasks of life, your power output across short, medium, and long time domains, and your competency in the 10 aspects of fitness (Cardio, flexibility, stamina, strength, speed, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.) If my fitness program gets me stronger, faster, and helps me snowboard, move a piano, play flag football on Thanksgiving, or dominate my peers in anything I choose then I would consider it good. If it consists of dancing around in my living room or has me practice flexing while spraytanned then not so much.
The last thing is simple: Fitness takes hard work. I wish it could be done with a magic pill, a thigh-master, 4 minutes/day, etc but like most things in life that which is worthwhile requires discipline & commitment.
1/June/2011 Wednesday WOD
21 DB Thrusters
15 DB Thrusters
9 DB Thrusters