One of the legends of CrossFit, Chris Spealler, wrote a post about CrossFit for training v. CrossFit for Sport. I have a world of respect for Chris. I have met him personally, had the opportunity to learn from him, and discuss being a gym owner. He is a stand up dude and very intelligent.
I highly encourage you to read this post in its entirety. There is much that we all can learn from it.
One of the things I love about CrossFit that is communicated in our programming lecture and some of the other reading material that we see is that “Our needs don’t vary by kind, only by degree.” I whole heartedly agree with this statement. Essentially we are saying that everyone from the most deconditioned participant to the most elite athlete have the same needs. All of us will be required to squat, press, deadlift, push, pull, run, jump, etc. in different forms or fashions. The KEY that we need to recognize is that this vary’s tremendously by DEGREE. Particularly between those training CrossFit for what it’s truly designed for, and those that have chosen to seriously pursue CrossFit as their sport at an ELITE level. The difference between these two pursuits is going to be dictated by your goals. When you set goals you should be realistic but confident and depending on what they are it will require more or less sacrifice from yourself and even those around you. I think we can all fall into 3 basic categories.
Read the whole article here. Post your thoughts to comments.