What is Fitness?
Fitness is often taken to be synonymous with health. This, however, is not always the case. It is true that physical fitness contributes to good health, but this does not mean that there is any one single definition of the word. Fitness can be defined as being healthy, but it can also be defined as having a proper balance between the mind, body and spirit. Good health is a subjective condition and, more importantly, the ability to do various parts of daily activities well and, more importantly, having a good balance between these three aspects. Physical fitness is usually achieved through moderate-to-vigorous exercise, proper nutrition and enough rest.
The core of CrossFit is the ability to lift weights and clean and jerk high-rep athletic moves. To be considered fit, an individual must be able to lift weights and perform athletic or sport related movements in the way they were intended. CrossFit athletes are expected to be able to run faster, jump higher, hit a baseball farther and throw farther than their competition. CrossFit competitors should be able to complete the required number of repetitions and the required distance in each event in order to be deemed fit.
Being fit does not necessarily mean that an individual has attained a particular physical condition. In fact, the definition of fitness is more about doing the right things rather than achieving perfection. CrossFitters should strive to improve their overall physical condition by working on improving their breathing and cardiovascular systems through regular workouts and through specific training exercises. In CrossFit, perfect body composition is important because the sport requires that an athlete achieve a muscular body mass which is close to a perfect body weight.
When it comes to CrossFit, fitness means having a lean muscular endurance (muscular strength). CrossFit athletes strive for this type of fitness so that they can perform at their maximum capacity in the sport. However, a good fitness program should also include aerobic (cardiovascular) exercise and resistance (kinetic). Cardiovascular exercises include running, cycling, swimming, and playing sports which require an aerobic energy system such as basketball, soccer, and track and field. Resistance exercises include lifting weights (for muscular strength), rowing, and sprinting.
CrossFit athletes strive to achieve their goals by improving their overall fitness level and performing specific workout routines to help them improve their muscular endurance and flexibility. CrossFit professional athletes will all have different upper and lower body strength and flexibility levels. Therefore, they all need different types of workout programs in order to meet their goals for each event. The average CrossFit athlete will perform hundreds of repetitions in the course of a CrossFit training session. Because this is done under professional supervision, a good athlete will be able to increase their functional power (through strength and flexibility) and will also be able to increase their stamina.
As an individual becomes more advanced in their CrossFit training, they will begin to notice that their total stamina has increased along with their strength and flexibility. This is a good indication that their body is improving its ability to function under various physical challenges. The type of workout routine that is performed will depend on the goals of the individual athlete. Therefore, it is important for each athlete to determine what they want to accomplish in order to best prepare their body for their particular sport or recreational activity.