our standards and definitions

To develop the fitness of all our athletes   we must be clear about what we mean by fitness. We take a broad view in our definition of fitness and what it means to be fit.  

TEN PHYSICAL SKILLS

One measure of the breadth of our definition of fitness is the incorporation of a very wide variety of physical skills.

Our athletes will achieve prowess in all the following physical skills:

  • STRENGTH 
  • STAMINA
  • ENDURANCE
  • FLEXIBILITY
  • POWER
  • SPEED
  • COORDINATION
  • AGILITY
  • BALANCE
  • ACCURACY 

Competence and ultimately mastery of all these skills represents a genuinely well-rounded fitness. Deficiency in any area compromises any claim to fitness.

DOING ANYTHING WELL

It is our contention that our athletes are prepared for anything and everything.  

If required to perform any task from a random list of physical challenges, our athletes would, on average, perform better than any other group of athletes.  This definition of fitness is nicely summed up by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman:

'We can do your stuff almost as well as you, you are really bad at our stuff, and we will beat you at anything we both don't do.'

Life and most sports are unpredictable. We never know when we may be required to perform some unexpected physical challenge.  

The fitness that Crossfit Manchester delivers and demands is unparalleled in making you prepared for whatever life may throw at you.

ENERGY SYSTEMS

The body can fuel activity via three main energy systems.

Energy to fuel performance can be derived aerobically (this requires oxygen to be utilized). The activities which requires energy to be provided aerobically are generally longer duration (greater than 90 seconds) and produce relatively low power.

Two other mechanisms for the body to derive energy exist which do not require oxygen to be present.  These are the lactate and phosphagen systems and they provide the majority of the energy for shorter duration (less than 2 minutes) activities which involve high power and intensity.

For Crossfit, optimal fitness and health requires training all energy systems.

However, this demands a careful balance.  Extended periods of aerobic conditioning result in decreased muscle mass, strength, speed and power. This is problematic because as we have seen, these are essential elements of fitness and health.

Happily, the reduction of body fat and cardiovascular benefits of aerobic conditioning can be achieved through anaerobic activity. Moreover, anaerobic activity is supportive of dramatic improvements in muscle mass, strength, speed and power.

Through careful balancing of aerobic and anaerobic exercise Crossfit optimizes the benefits. Our athletes are able to perform at high levels across all energy systems.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON CROSSFIT'S DEFINITION OF FITNESS READ THE FREE CROSSFIT JOURNAL Issue 2.