“Working out” is the new “going out”. With the surge of people who are switching to a healthier lifestyle, and the number of info readily available out there, it's easy to be misled into believing what 'fitness' really is. But how do we really define fitness?
CrossFit defines fitness using three standards:
The first standard is based on the ten general physical skills such as endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Fitness evaluates your efforts against a full range of physical adaptations.
The second is the ability to perform well at any and every task imaginable. Here, one applies the first standard in varying tasks and in infinite combinations. The practice of differerent sets, rest periods and reps prepares the athletes to perform well in unforeseeable challenges.
The third focuses on time, power and the three energy systems that drive all human action: phospagen - for high powered activities, glycolytic - for moderate-powered activities; and oxidative - for low-powered activities. To achieve total fitness, competency and training on these “metabolic engines” is required. Balancing the effects of the three pathways determine the result of the metabolic conditioning in CrossFit.
The reason for these three standard is to cover the most general fitness possible. CrossFit’s specialty is not specializing, it advocates a deliberately broad, inclusive and a total fitness approach.
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by Cj Lampad