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Fitness Theory and Practice. CrossFit's rationale & foundations. Who is fit? What is fitness?

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Old 04-11-2010, 08:51 PM   #121
Doug Lantz
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Re: Why Should One Be Fit?

My 2007 New Year's resolution was to start exercising again after having done nothing more strenuous than disc golf or a few hikes since high school.

My 40th was coming up in February and I intuitively knew that if I didn't I would continue on the physical down slope until I wouldn't be able to or want to get off the couch at some point, probably by age 60.

I did some things on my own like running / jogging, push ups, sit ups and a few pull ups and one day decided to check the Internet for some ideas.

I found CrossFit through the Men's Health article.
It intrigued me, the article "What is fitness ?" sold me.

The single most important selling point to me was this quote -

Done right, fitness provides a great margin of protection against the ravages of time and disease.
Where you find otherwise examine the fitness protocol, especially diet.
Fitness is and should be “super-wellness.”
Sickness, wellness, and fitness are measures of the same entity.
A fitness regimen that doesn’t support health is not CrossFit

I also knew that joggers who simply kept adding miles ended up with knee and back trouble. I thought vaguely that carb loading diets couldn't be too healthy either.

I hadn't yet considered weight training but also knew that they too ended up with joint trouble.

It struck me that this was the best of all worlds, no overemphasis on any one fitness goal.

When I didn't get quick performance benefits, I thought "I'll continue doing this no matter what performance benefits I get because I know it's got to be doing my health some good and I just enjoy it"

The mental benefits are as much a part as the physical.
OPT, Coach Glassman and many posters have noted that also.

The way women look at me is a nice side benefit also.
I've never looked anywhere near this good and much better than most other 40 something males.

Now I need some work on how to parlay that, but that's a topic for another thread, really an entire other website.
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:26 AM   #122
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Re: Why Should One Be Fit?

furthermore (from the CF journal article):
"Sickness, Wellness, and Fitness
There is another aspect to the CrossFit brand of fitness
that is of great interest and immense value to us. We
have observed that nearly every measurable value of
health can be placed on a continuum that ranges from
sickness to wellness to fitness. See table below. Though
tougher to measure, we would even add mental health
to this observation. Depression is clearly mitigated by
proper diet and exercise, i.e., genuine fitness.
For example, a blood pressure of 160/95 is pathological,
120/70 is normal or healthy, and 105/55 is consistent
with an athlete’s blood pressure; a body fat of 40%
is pathological, 20% is normal or healthy, and 10%
is fit. We observe a similar ordering for bone density,
triglycerides, muscle mass, flexibility, HDL or “good
cholesterol”, resting heart rate, and dozens of other
common measures of health. Many authorities (e.g. Mel
Siff, the NSCA) make a clear distinction between health
and fitness. Frequently they cite studies that suggest
that the fit may not be health protected. A close look at
the supporting evidence invariably reveals the studied
group is endurance athletes and, we suspect, endurance
athletes on a dangerous fad diet (high carb, low fat, low

(As a note of interest, Mel Siff PhD, whom we often
respect and admire, holds his atherosclerotic disease
and subsequent heart attack as anecdotal evidence of
the contention that fitness and health are not necessarily
linked because of his regular training and “good diet”.
When we researched his dietary recommendations we
discovered that he advocates a diet ideally structured for
causing heart disease—low fat/high carb. Siff has fallen
victim to junk science!)"

Could the OP be Dr. Mel Siff in disguise, trolling this forum in vengeance for being dismissed in the quoted article?
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