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From the CrossFit Journal. "What is Fitness"
Sickness, Wellness, Fitness
It is important to correlate fitness with health. Take a look at the chart above. The more "fit" you are the further you are from "sickness." If you are "Fit" then your health has to go down to "Well" before even getting to "Sick." Does that make sense, or Did I lose you?
CrossFit is a lifestyle because we are trying to improve quality of life. Quality of life isn't a 1 month, 6 month, or 1 year goal. We don't want to be fit for the next 5 years and then stop being active. The CrossFit lifestyle is a pursuit of fitness to enhance/maintain health. This is a life long process.
When we get older, things are going to steadily drop off. The key is to build a big base of fitness and health so that you have enough for the drop off. Think of each workout and Paleo meal as a deposit in your bank account of health. You want a huge amount of savings so that your body can still be functional when you get older.
The point I'm trying to make is that we want to be able to walk, sit, stand, pick things up, be self sufficient, etc. when I'm 90+ years old.
Let's use some of the 10 General Physical Skills, that we train daily, as examples. I have a deadlift that is over 400lbs. I know that when I get to 60 years old, there will have been a steady drop off in my athletic ability(fitness). How far will my 400lb lifting strength fall off unit I can't lift groceries or grand kids? Probably never, b/c I will continue to workout. Now let's take an average person that doesn't workout. I bet the general population can't even Deadlift 50lbs with good form. These people that never workout only have a base of a 50lb lift. As they get older, there fitness level will drop off like everyone else. Since they have a lower base level of lifting strength, 50lbs, lifting objects safely will be difficult to do at an early age.
In one of Coach Glassman's lectures, he talks about elderly people that need nursing homes. He says most elderly people don't go to nursing homes because of an illness, it's because they can't get off the couch without assistance. Think about that for a second. Your quality of life is gone when you can't do things on your own. If you have a 200-300lb squat, it will take a long time before you whittle down to not being able to get off the couch(squat).
The more fit you are the healthier you get. Working out isn't just being athletic or looking good. Those are just perks!
CFS Benchmark Week "Red Line"
We are doing max effort sprints, but not traditional sprints. These are CrossFit movement sprints. You get to perform each movement for a Max Effort 1min sprint. Then you get 2 min of rest. With groups of three, 1 person goes while the other two count and watch the clock. Then the next person goes. This allows you to max out for 1 min and rest for 2 min. The goal is to keep intensity high and build confidence in movements. Once you know you can nail 30 wall balls in 1 min, you will know that you have the capacity to one set anything under 30 during regular WODs.
Perform each movement MAX EFFORT for 1 minute each.
Max Reps Double-unders
Max 400m Run (this is only a 1 round effort)
Max Reps Burpees
Max 20 yard sprints
Max Wall Ball Reps
2 rounds and try to beat your first score. Highest Score for each category.... get on the leader board of the day.