TNP Episode 2 – What is fitness? How does CrossFit define it?

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Show Notes

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In this educational episode, John and Charlie talk about what fitness is, how it’s defined by CrossFit and Greg Glassman and why it’s important for you to know, including:

Standard CrossFit definition of fitness

  • Improved work capacity across a broad range of timed and modal domains.

Work capacity

  • How much power can your body produce?
  • Work = (Force X Distance) / Time
  • Tracking your work capacity as a measurable quantity.

Broad range of time and modal domains

  • We don’t want the limiter to ever appear.
  • Activities should be broad, inclusive and repeatable.
  • Keeping track of a single measurable (like your weight) is okay, but not as useful as tracking multiple measurables to determine the true reality of what’s going on with your body.
  • Tracking workouts by writing them down or using tools like Wodify.
  • Helps to focus on measurable performances rather than body weight or your reflection in the mirror.

10 general physical skills

  • From sidebar on page 4 of “What is Fitness?” CrossFit Journal article
  • Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy
  • Charlie’s IronMan experience: Grade A+ in cardio/respiratory endurance, Grade F in all other skills
  • Specialists vs. Jack’s of All Trades (world record deadlift

3 energy systems (or maybe more)

  • From chart on page 2 of “What is Fitness?” CrossFit Journal article
  • First system: Phosphagen, flash in the pan pathway, like a pitcher throwing a fastball
  • Second system: Glycolytic, 90 second pathway, like a 400 meter sprint
  • Third system: Oxidative, pathway for things longer than 90 seconds, like aerobics
  • For efficient fitness we need to try to hit all 3 pathways in our workouts
  • CrossFit Endurance

Programming at CrossFit Regeneration

  • Sorry dudes, no biceps curls here.
  • Workouts are setup to hit all 10 of the general physical skills.
  • Setup to help members get a varied range of movements and avoid routines.

The Hopper

  • Being prepared for the unknown and unknowable.
  • Attack the things (exercises that are our weaknesses) that terrify us the most.

Health and Fitness

  • Three dimensional definition of fitness and health video from Coach Glassman
  • From top of page 3 of “What is Fitness?” CrossFit Journal article
  • 1-to-1 relationship between health and fitness. CrossFit is “wellness care”.
  • Combine proper food, sleep and exercise habits moves you further down the continuum towards fitness and gives you a buffer if you get sick.

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