In the CrossFit Journal in 2002 Greg Glassman wrote the article “What is Fitness” and included his now-famous World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.
Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense.
Regularly learn and play new sports.
I’m pretty sure I have written about this before, but this time I want to focus on the last line. “Regularly learn and play new sports.”
This is one of those things (like nutrition) that we seem to forget about when we’re thinking about getting fitter. When CrossFit started holding competitions and people started thinking about how to get better at working out, we forgot that we were training for more than just being great exercisers.
I am all for competing and pushing yourself, and if CrossFit competitions are a way for you to do that, that is awesome. But don’t mistake every day in the gym for a sporting event. We are training for life. To be fit and healthy so we can get outside and play with our friends, kids, pets, or whatever.
Learning new sports challenges your brain and body in completely different ways than we can do in the gym each day. There are different types of movements and coordination you just can’t replicate with a barbell or pull up bar.
If you really want to be as fit as you can be, I challenge you to try new sports from time to time. Go swim, bike, play basketball or soccer. Do something that you’ve never done before. I think you’ll find the physical challenge exciting and maybe find a new “why” for your CrossFit training.
Let’s get out there and put all this fitness to use!
Workout for Monday, July 15
Pull Up Progressions
13 min AMRAP
12 Sit Ups