Strength Baby! (and the 9 other ones)
Posted July 30th, 2015
10 general physical skills. Strength. Stamina. Endurance. Flexibility. Power. Speed. Coordination. Agility. Balance. Accuracy. These ten words describe the predominant characteristics of almost any activity you are likely to encounter, and therefore your capability in each describes your fitness. We humans are usually pretty good in a couple, mediocre in most, and horribly deficient in a few.
Improvement in some of these skills comes through training: stimulating physiological changes in your body. Others are developed through practice: developing your nervous system to accomplish tasks within your current physical capability. Finally, power and speed are developed through a combination of both training and practice.
How we train these and the emphasis we put on them is extremely important. Sure, strength seems to have become the front runner as an indicator of CrossFit ability. After all, you’ll never see someone posting a photo on Facebook of themselves standing stiff legged with their palms on the floor boasting about a mobility PB they’ve just hit, or a status update about smashing a 5km TT, but they’re soon to post a clean and jerk or deadlift 1RM. Strength is cool, but being able to lift something super heavy once, is somewhat impractical. And, if thats all you care about theres a chance you could be a bit of a Jerk.
CrossFit Victus methodology of programming revolves around General Physical Preparedness (GPP). Our goal is preparing you for anything thrown at you. Either at the Box, in the workplace, on the sporting field or in the home. This means that not specialising is our specialty and the aim is improving your performance at many different physical tasks. This spans max effort lifts lasting less than five seconds to huge workouts that might require more than an hour. Or by definition, as CrossFit puts it - seeking to improve work capacity across broad time and modal domains.
- Mark Edis