Aims part one: “From the beginning, the aim of CrossFit has been to forge a broad, general, and inclusive fitness.”
This series is base on "Understanding CrossFit" from CrossFit Journal Issue 56
CrossFit’s programming and style appears very randomly put together, which is on purpose. Most programs are built for specific goals and outcomes. Programming to achieve very specific goals means programming to allow specific sets of weaknesses as well. In CrossFit, we don't have that need. CrossFit’s programming is broad enough to train as many weaknesses as possible, ultimately creating an athlete with no specialty, but more importantly, no weakness.
Fitness is important for both performance and every day life. Your general fitness is challenged every time you get out of bed, put on socks, walk up or down stairs or curbs, lift kids, jump, or throw. All of these have common movement patterns, which can be trained in a gym, carry over to basic everyday life, and come in handy in an emergency.
The uniqueness of having no weakness allows for room to play. Limits on mobility, access to equipment, and ability level do not negatively affect CrossFit training. Adapting to these differences is encouraged and welcomed, and why CrossFit is so accessible. As long as the athlete is motivated, consistent, and hard-working, the program will work. We can modify and scale this program for any athlete's capabilities, making the program near infinitely scalable and modifiable for all
When we understand the reason for the "randomness," it becomes clear that CrossFit programming is about variance: exposure to strength, balance, aerobic capacity, and more.
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