That’s right boys and girls…our very own Joel Jones is competing in his first CrossFit competition this weekend. Joel has registered for the CrossFit Varsity Gauntlet benefiting CrossFit for Hope. The event will take place October 13th at Central High School in Fort Worth. I’d say good luck but Joel doesn’t need it. Do work. Nothing to do Sunday? Go to Fort Worth and give Joel a little CFV love.
- 200m Run
- 12 Wall Balls (20/14)
- 8 Thrusters (135/95)
- 4 Muscle-Ups (2 C2B Pull-Ups / Muscle-Up)
How Fit Are You?
by Greg Glassman – CrossFit Journal
We’ve long desired to offer a fitness competition consistent with our fitness model (See CrossFit Journal October 2002, “What is Fitness?”) and have found the task fraught with difficulties.
Early we realized that the logistics of running an on-site fitness competition like STREND are both complicated and ultimately limit the number of participants. The fitness test, or competition, that we offer this month is conducted at a facility and time of the athlete’s choosing.
Our initial hope was to design a competition that would not only reflect CrossFit’s broad fitness concept but would also accommodate men and women, large and small athletes, the young and seniors, and individuals of all fitness levels. Additionally, we wanted a competition that would motivate and reward fitness improvements among our fittest. Specifically, we set out to motivate an improvement in the absolute strength, relative strength, and gymnastics foundations of all CrossFit participants. Unfortunately this last consideration rendered the design troublesome for many who are other than already very fit and male. So, what we ended up with was a competition where the ability even to complete the test suggests a fairly advanced level of fitness.
Looking at the ten general physical adaptations to exercise (cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, stamina, power, speed, flexibility, agility, accuracy, coordination, and balance) we saw that advanced calisthenic and weightlifting movements present an excellent opportunity to advance neurological skills like agility, accuracy, coordination, and balance. We realized early that any test that pushed the envelope for gymnastics movements was going to eliminate a large segment of the exercising public and indeed some of our dedicated athletes.
In the end we decided that improving these neurological skills and thereby encouraging a greater level of fitness in our participants was more important than offering a test that was universally inclusive. We are, ultimately, a program of elite fitness, and any test of elite fitness will contain elements that cannot be performed by everyone. We also felt that many of our best athletes, while among the fittest people on earth, needed additional motivation for improvements in absolute strength, relative strength, and gymnastic foundations.