THE MOVEMENT has been criticized for being a community of haters. While a few of us are more grumpy than others, I don’t think this is a fair characterization of us. We are a culture based on better. For that reason, we like results. It is a part of our creed:
Results first, beliefs second.
There has been a sissification of fitness in the decade or so. But there have been a few fitness organizations who have moved the line back in the other direction…the preeminent being Crossfit.
It is hard to encapsulate what Crossfit is – in a sentence, paragraph, article…hell, even a single workout. I won’t attempt to describe the totality of Crossfit including the WODs, the Crossfit Games and the Black Box Philosophy but I will tell you just some of what I like about Crossfit.
THE MOVEMENT defines a PR as:
more than before
It’s nice to see another fitness community that values PRs. Crossfit athletes go after density PRs in their WODs (workout of the day). A density PR is when you do more work per unit of time. And what happens when you do more work per unit time?
Long time Crossfitters look amazing. And isn’t that why we work out? To look better naked. That’s a big reason why I work out. I appreciate that Crossfitters look as fit as they are.
How much better would the fitness industry be if trainers were:
2. Looked Fit, too
While a trainer doesn’t have to look fit in order to get his clients in shape…it does help to inspire and attract more people into fitness. And we need more people in fitness.
While specific practice is absolutely essential, limiting specific practice to two lifts, one tool or even one sport is a formula for disaster. Crossfit has perpetuated the practice of variety with their inclusion of Olympic Lifts, Powerlifts, basic gymnastics, running, jumps as well as a myriad of other exercises or gym movements.
People all over the world are participating together day after day striving together to get better performing the Workout of the Day…that’s awesome. They are committed. That is something we could all use a little more of. When we have more commitment, we get more of results…and after what is better than results?
Stay tuned for Part II where we explore how you can get even better results from your Crossfit Practice.