WOD- Monday 8/21/2017
-7 thrusters (establish MetCon weight)
-8 DB Snatch ” ”
-15 thrusters (65/95)
-15 Sit ups
-20 DB Snatch (35/50)
What CrossFit Really Is
It has been a couple of weeks since the CrossFit games have come and gone through our community. No doubt, many folks from the community were able to watch these incredible specimens compete against one another either in person on live streaming. The Games are an awesome spectator event for the larger community and it’s a ton of fun to watch the elites go at it.
However, for the outsider, one might see the elites competing and think “wow, all CrossFitters are really that… jacked, strong, fast etc?” The answer to that is obviously no. The majority of people that do CrossFit (seriously 99.9%) are just general everyday folks that want to get a great workout in in an hour and go about their day. Maybe some want to be a part of a community or something larger than themselves. We all have different motivators. Those motivators help our members remain accountable and stay in the gym so they continue to progress in their fitness.
But this is not about differentiating the elites from the general population. I believe most folks are slowly understanding that. Those that do not are quickly and easily educated. So what is the point here?
I mean to discuss the point of CrossFit. What was/is the original intent? The philosophy or goal of this type of training if you will.
You see, as CrossFit has grown in popularity, so has certain fringe aspects of the program. I’ll explain, but first let me address the original intent of CrossFit. As in- what it is meant to look like from the beginning and not what some gyms have morphed into as well as what some elites are following as programming (for good reason).
GPP= General Physical Preparedness.
CrossFit is a GPP regime. The idea here is to prepare the individual for almost literally anything at anytime. This is one reason why many military, police, firefighters and first responders are smart to adopt the program. These professionals never know what the day will ask of them, so they prepare themselves physically by being as well prepared for everything as possible.
This same approach is a fantastic way to improve the “everyday man’s” general physical fitness and health. One of many reason’s for CF’s exponential growth over the last 10-15 years- it will make you fitter. Something about 85% of the human population wants and needs.
In order to be ready for anything, one must practice and master everything fitness related. I mean EVERYTHING. Everything means: lifting, running, jumping, heavy, light, long endurance, short sprints and everything in between.
Our goal is to master (or improve upon) ALL 10 of the general physical skills;
- Cardiovascular Endurance
Finally Getting to the Point
My point here is this. We at CFBD will ALWAYS prescribe and follow the original intent of CrossFit. This is of GPP. This means being well-rounded in all 10 skills, NOT being exceptional in 1 or 2 to the detriment of the others. Solid in all 10.
Going back to a previous statement, as CF has become larger and more gyms have popped up, we see many facilities focusing in 1 or 2 skills much more than others. Barbell addicts know nothing is sexier than a big PR on the barbell. Hell, it looks great on Instagram! Endurance addicts love doing MetCon on MetCons or running miles on miles but can barely back squat their own body weight.
Having a 400lb back squat is cool, but not if that’s the only thing you do well. Running a 5 minute mile is cool, but not as cool as running a 6-minute mile and having a body weight clean AND having 10+ pull-ups, push-ups, double unders etc. This is exceptional general fitness and a recipe for success in the face of the unknown and unknowable.
These are just a few easy example of the traps that some gyms or athletes fall into. We find the one thing that we’re naturally good at and put all of our focus into that to the detriment of the skill way maybe suck at.
As stated above, our goal here at CFBD is to create athletes with above average GPP. Our goal for you is that you are or become as well rounded in all of the physical skills and training domains possible to be thrown at you. Our programming and coaching reflects this. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you no longer look at any MetCon or WOD and think; “Oh shit, I suck at (insert any specific skill or domain).
To be clear, I do not have a problem with those that want to specialize. CF is still a great supplement to your strength or endurance program because of it’s ability to increase one’s general fitness- which will help you do everything. If you want to specialize, fine, I get it. I went through that myself for some time years ago. Now, I just want to as physically fit in all areas as possible. I find confidence in knowing I am prepared for any task asked of me and I believe you should too.
The only way to achieve this, however, is to attack your weaknesses at every possible opportunity. Running from workouts that highlight a weakness is a recipe for disaster. That means no cherry-picking WODs. Or if you do have to pick and choose because of schedule, responsibilities etc- you always choose to come to the WODs that exploit your weaknesses. This is what kills weaknesses and no weaknesses = elite fitness.
What’s YOUR weakness? How can you work to make your weakness a strength? Let us know in the comments and, as always, let your coaches know so we can help you kill your weaknesses.
Make it a great day!
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