To kick off the new year here is my first in the new series "Time to get your head out of your ass."
I call it #1:
“Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.”
Sound familiar? It should if you've been with us for any amount of time.
Look at fitness as a linear continuum. On the far left we have the ultimate Endurance Athlete, let's say a Triathlete for example. On the far right we have the World's Strongest man. In 10 years as an Affiliate I've worked with many Triathletes. I'm proud to say that one of my good friends has competed in numerous Ironman Triathlons. Not the ones you buy your way into or the the ones at the Regional level but The Show itself. He swears that adding CrossFit training to his programming is what put him over the top.
So I ask you, what do I gain by living on either extreme? I can lift heavy shit but I can't run 400m all out without feeling like I'm having a stroke. I can run all night and swim all day but I'm lost if I have to move laterally, quickly and climb over a wall wearing a 40 lb ruck. The ruck can be a backpack full of books or a bag of groceries, or a toddler. The wall can be a flight of steps. The fact is that life has and always will reward the generalist and punish the specialist.
So for all of you who don't get it, good luck when you "focus on your endurance" or "train to get strong." Weeks, months even years from now you will be far behind where you would have been if you had stayed the course.
The upside? Make room for the next wave of CrossFitters!