Sunday, December 11, 2011

10 General Physical Skills

      Last week we discussed how CrossFit measures fitness in three ways; one, a balance of the 10 general physical skills, two, the hopper model of random physical challenges and, three, the balance of the three metabolic pathways. Today we will look at the 10 general physical skills and what it means to be CrossFit.
        The 10 general physical skills are cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Think about who the world perceives as “fit”.  Maybe a marathon runner? He definitely has the endurance and stamina, but would he be a big help on moving day? Maybe a bodybuilder? He could help you move that fridge, no problem! But, if the dog got out of the house and took off running through the neighborhood, could he help you catch it? At CrossFit, we applaud anyone that is improving their physical fitness, but we aim for a balance in the 10 general physical skills. We want to be fast and agile, AND we want to be powerful and strong too. We do not believe that you should trade an excess in one area for a weakness in another. “It should be fairly clear that the fitness that CrossFit advocates and develops is deliberately 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.” (CFJournal)
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