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Old 08-03-2008, 07:32 PM   #1
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How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

Forget the 10 elements of fitness as defined by Coach. What would make you consider yourself "Cross-fit"

For me, maintaining respectable strength and finishing an ultra trail run in a decent time would do it for me (talk about opposing forces).

The beauty of this is that my personal definition may very well change--because my goals may change.

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Old 08-03-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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Re: How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

That's a tough question... I feel like I'm on the road to cross-fitness, but I'm far from there. Hmm, your talk about opposing forces brings something to mind, though. If I can do a 3-on cycle that consists of posting a 1000# CFT one day, doing a 30 round cindy the next day, and running a sub-20-minute 5K the last day, I'll consider myself not just fit, but crossfit!
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:09 PM   #3
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Re: How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

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I feel like I'm on the road to cross-fitness, but I'm far from there...

...Hmm, your talk about opposing forces brings something to mind, though. !
To your point, it is more of a "journey" than a race with a finish line [at which point one considers himself "cross-fit"].

The opposing forces idea seems very key to me because to accomplish two things that are seemingly impossible to accomplish simultaneously is really something to behold. No, you probably can't be elite in >1 discipline, but I think it's really cool to be good at everything.

I'd hate to be a specialist!
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:38 PM   #4
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Re: How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

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I'd hate to be a specialist!
R. A. Heinlein says it all best:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:46 PM   #5
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Re: How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

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R. A. Heinlein says it all best:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein
Unfortunately the majority of those things require no more than thinking.

I prefer another well known quote:

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I was driving home the other night, listening to the radio, and the guy filling in for Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM was talking to some other guy about Nazis, UFOs, the Kennedy Assassination, time travel, and George Bush, and how it all relates to OneWorldGovernment. This, of course, made me think about barbell training...
- Coach Rip

Now thats a ****ing quote.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:54 PM   #6
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Re: How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

Well, I don't know about 'just' thinking...

'butcher a hog, build a wall, set a bone, pitch manure, fight efficiently, and die gallantly' all require more than a little physical capability... Well, maybe not that last one, but having enough physical capability might make that last one unnecessary...

Don't get me wrong, I love your quote! Not quite as relevant to the not wanting to be a specialist line I was responding to, though...
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Old 08-03-2008, 09:00 PM   #7
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Re: How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

As long as I'll be doing constantly varied functional movement executed at high intensity, I'll be crossfitin' , imo
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:23 AM   #8
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Re: How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

You're welcome, Tim.

Six months ago,I could have answered that with certainty. I would have told you that it meant being able to hop on my bike and cycle 500 miles across New York in a week, and then come home and do a 50 mile hilly ride just for fun.

I would have told you it meant closing in on my first pullup in my fifties.

I would have told you it meant being able to travel out west and cycle, hike, climb, and kayak.

Now?

I'm not Crossfit at all. I'm not even fit-fit. But I'm working on it.

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Old 08-04-2008, 05:49 AM   #9
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Re: How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

Some of the things that will define it for me:
Being stronger than all of the baseball players I coach while still being able to run with my cross country kids as well.

being able to hike a mile or more to my hunting site, and not be afraid of hauling the big buck I harvest back out.
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Old 08-04-2008, 06:22 AM   #10
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Re: How do you define being CrossFit for yourself?

I define "being CrossFit" by proving to myself a trajectory of growth over time when it comes to the definition of CF fitness itself:

"World-Class Fitness in 100 Words: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports." (From CF website)

The trajectory of growth is key, for me. As long as there's improvement.

I'm nowhere near where I need to be but am constantly improving or at least attempting to improve (except for the piroutettes, flips, and splits business... I'll have to relegate that stuff for the younger more flexible trainees).
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