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CrossFit & Endurance Sports

You may have heard of the “principle of specificity,” which posits that you must practice your particular activity in order to reach maximum potential in that activity.  By contrast, CrossFit aims to “increase work capacity across broad time and modal domains,” which is a fancy way to say it improves “general physical preparedness” or “GPP,” instead of sport-specific preparedness.

Cyclocross Green acres

 

Cyclocross at Green Acres, Lake Elmo, MN. Power is required for explosive starts, and to climb steep hills with loose surfaces.

CrossFit doesn’t have any argument with the principle of specificity.  If you want to squat 900 pounds, you shouldn’t run very much, and if you want to run a marathon as fast as you possibly can, you don’t want any extra mass to carry.  Where CrossFit does have an argument is when the principle of specificity is practiced as a principle of exclusivity.  The wanna-be 900# squatter fails to work on other aspects of fitness, and loses progress towards his goal because he’s so stiff he can’t access all the muscle mass he has.  The marathoner runs so much she watches the race on TV because her knee gave out and she never made it to the starting line.

Related: Maximizing Results While Minimizing Your Time Commitment – Endurance Sports Edition

GPP provides a broad fitness base across all ten aspects of fitness so that you can maximize your potential.  For endurance sports, this means using CrossFit to establish a well-rounded physical potential, correct imbalances, and improve posture, strength, flexibility, and coordination.  With these enhancements, your endurance training can now focus on the high-quality technique and interval work where real endurance sport progress occurs.  Gone are the “junk” miles that take hours and hours of your time and bring you closer to retirement than to your goal, as you reinforce imbalances and increase wear and tear on your joints through the repetitive motions common to endurance sports.

In-season, use Olympic lifting to challenge eight of the ten aspects of fitness maintains your GPP without leaving you drained or sore, so you can do the high-quality sports-specific training that will get you to your goal.

-John Bryant

Founder & Head Trainer

John@CrossFitSlipstream.com

Plyometrics

“Plyometrics” describes a wide variety of explosive jumping exercises. In CrossFit, these most commonly take the form of large numbers of repetitions at medium heights.  Our plyo boxes offer multiple heights to facilitate different uses to meet our goal of constant variety and to help meet your individual needs.  Plus, they’re cool.

Plyo box

-John Bryant

Founder & Head Trainer

John@CrossFitSlipstream.com

Why CrossFit?

Our About page describes CrossFit as broad fitness developed by a constantly varied selection of functional movements performed at high intensity.  But why should you make it your physical fitness regime?

The obvious answer is because it works.  But what does “works” mean in the physical fitness context?  There must be a goal or measurable outcome before you can say your efforts have “worked” or not.  CrossFit defines the goal as “increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.”

Funny enough, even though that fits on a t-shirt, it’s not what anyone wrote down as a New Year’s Resolution.  Those tend to be qualitative and abstract, like “get in shape”, or quantitative, like “lose five pounds” or “go to the gym three times a week”.  CrossFit’s goal is quantitative, but notice that it is a practical one – it is about being able to do things (perform work).  And not just one thing, but one thing or many things in combination, at any time, and for any duration.

Where are you going with all that fitness?

CrossFit works because it focuses on the ability to do, not on other metrics, like weight, clothing size, or “beach body”.  When you start working to improve the functional ability of your body through CrossFit, funny things start to happen – you start actually wanting to eat better, instead of just knowing you should, you discover movements you didn’t know you could do, you start bending in ways you couldn’t just yesterday (safely!) and that “beach body” starts poking through on its own.

While this is happening, you start living a fuller, more complete life, because now you can.  You can take on that challenge, you can climb that hill for a view, you can walk all day through a tourist town and still dance the night away, you can get the groceries in the house in one trip.  You gain the confidence to take on new challenges, because you’ve faced so many challenges in the Box.  So kayaking, backpacking, an obstacle course race, or anything else that would have given you pause before is now an exciting possibility.

-John Bryant

Founder & Head Trainer

John@CrossFitSlipstream.com

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