Imagine how great it would be able to go out and pick up any sport, game, or recreational activity and immediately be proficient. How about improving at any of these sports or activities twice as quickly as anyone else? You’d be some sort of superhero or genetically gifted athlete right? Or maybe it’s just that you have been working on your functional fitness.
CrossFit is designed to be a general strength and conditioning program using functional movements (movements will real-life applications.) This doesn’t sound exciting, but let’s take a deeper look.
If you spend most of your time training for a specific sport, you will probably get really good at one thing, and just as bad a many others. Distance runners can run forever, but ask many of them to squat, jump, throw, lift, bend, climb and the results won’t likely be stellar. Powerlifters move heavy weights, ask them to run a mile and they might not make a block. You body adapts to what you are giving it.
CrossFit focuses on developing multiple areas of fitness all at once: Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. You get better at everything so you can go do anything.
Why should you care? Because if you are not “generally fit” you are missing out on a lot of enjoyment life has to offer. If you have ever said “no” to participating in an activity because you know it would be too physically demanding, you can benefit from CrossFit.
Pick up game of Ultimate Frisbee? Paddleboarding? Wrestle with the Kids, Rock Climbing, Hike the Superior Trail, Trampoline? Tough Mudder? Log Rolling?
Why not treat yourself to the ability to say yes with confidence when opportunities like this come up?
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-Coach Matt Meyer, CrossFit Sabertooth, Minneapolis MN