Ask someone who they think is the fittest person on earth and you’ll get varying answers from triathletes, through to strongmen. At least that’s what used to be the case – now thanks to CrossFit everyone just answers Rich Froning. While we’ve progressed in our understanding of fitness, I think it’s nice to go back to the grassroots of CrossFit and remind ourselves of the 3 definitions of fitness which Coach Glassman came up.

  1. There at 10 Physical skills – cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power,
    coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. You are fit, as you are competent in all these skills. There is always growth to be found, although we might not always like it!
  2. The Hopper Model refers to the idea that a host of activities can be popped into a bingo hopper, and taken out. Your fitness is gauged by your ability to perform each given tasks. This could be anything from marathon running, to holding the lotus pose in yoga. Our fitness is one that prepares you for the unknown and unknowable – aka life.
  3. The last definition is your proficiency in different energy systems. Your ability to be strong, powerful, but also enduring. The ability to pull a car, but also run home if you need to.

I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of prioritizing different elements of my fitness…. ok mostly strength, but as I’ve matured in my training I’ve come to realise that Coach Glassman’s definition provide us with a template for longevity and health. While it’s cool to get a bigger squat or deadlift, the question has to be asked, at what cost? The same can be said about the other 10 skills. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you can do in the gym, it matters what you can do outside of it… So to finish off with a train spotting quote… ‘Choose Life”

Stay awesome CFU

ps. Who forgot to practice their muscle ups after last year’s open!

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