“What we’ve discovered is that CrossFit increase work capacity across broad time and modal domains. This is a discovery of great importance and has come to motivate our programming and refocus our efforts.”
Fitness is work capacity and performing constantly varied functional movement at high intensity improves work capacity. For this reason, anything that leads to a decrease in work capacity is not favorable as it does not make you fitter, nor healthier. This has only proven that constantly varied functional movement at high intensity are the driving factors for health.
The practices that work for elite athletes work and have a dramatic effect on the general population that that have common goals to lose weight, build muscle, grow stronger bones, and fight off chronic disease. The degree of intensity may look different, but movements that are natural like standing from a couch has many similar characteristics with a deep receiving position in a snatch, rather than classic split session of 60-minute aerobic machine sessions and bicep curls and triceps extensions that use to be the standard a few decades ago.
CrossFit works and it shows in how the fitness industry has had to keep up and mimic the foundational principles of the program. All of which is good as getting up and moving always outweighs the risk of not. The blending of these apparently opposite ends, being strength and conditioning, is where the most benefits come across all training levels. Specialist are very good at their facet of training, and often should be, however a truly fit person will be constantly working on closing gaps in their experience.
With so many newer gyms and groups utilizing the formula of fitness and CrossFit directly or indirectly, CrossFit still stands out as the professional program that leads to longevity in performance and health alike.
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