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Old 02-24-2008, 06:58 PM   #1
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CFT doesn't consider metcon??

It seems strange to me that the Cross Fit Total doesn't include a metcon exercise. The way its setup now the best way to increase your CFT would be to follow a traditional power lifting routine and not Crossfit.

I like the lifts included in the CFT but there should also be some timed exercises i.e a 400 or 5k included + pullups + pushups.

or am I missing something?
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:04 PM   #2
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Re: CFT doesn't consider metcon??

CFT is really the only measure we have to measure ONLY brute strength. Sure, coordination, balance and flexibility all play a small role but its really the gut check of how your strength is and whether it improved or not.

We can measure our Metcon improvements in most of the rest of the benchmark workouts, most of them involving strength as well.
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:07 PM   #3
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Re: CFT doesn't consider metcon??

I don't think you understand the purpose of the Crossfit Total.

Read this CF Journal Article:

http://www.crossfit.com/journal/libr...06_CFTotal.pdf

Its purpose is a strength test - a "better" strength test than the conventional powerlifting meet - and its inclusion into CrossFit places a greater (and needed) emphasis on strength.
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:17 PM   #4
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Re: CFT doesn't consider metcon??

The CFT is a ways of measuring 3 basic strengths needed for life. There are other charts for specific areas of fitness. The stability and stamina you get from the metcons are reflected in your CFT indirectly, in that you will be doing heavier weights safely. Check out the other thread about the seattle fitness charts; the metcons are directly measured there.
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:35 PM   #5
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Re: CFT doesn't consider metcon??

Ok, I get it now. Just because it's called the "Crossfit" total doesn't mean it is supposed to be an all inclusive measure of crossfitability.

Thanks for all the replies

P.S. I've read the suggested links. They are great resources.
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:18 AM   #6
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Re: CFT doesn't consider metcon??

Yeah. It's a Crossfit Total in about the same way there is a powerlifting total and an oly lifting total. At the same time, however, Crossfit demands similarly good metcon times. Common tests of that are Fran and Cindy, though all must be practiced.
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:00 AM   #7
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Re: CFT doesn't consider metcon??

If you want an all around test do the CF games stuff:

1. metcon
2. CFT
3. long(er) type run
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:02 AM   #8
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Re: CFT doesn't consider metcon??

There's a post on this same page of the forum (right now) asking questions about the 'skills spreadsheet,' and coach's "How Fit Are You" test. If you're looking for an all-Crossfit measurement of power, that would be it.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:16 AM   #9
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