CrossFit at its roots is training for the unknown and the unknowable. It is constructed of constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensities across broad time and modal domains, all of which are designed to keep us ahead of the fitness game. The movement patterns are designed not to mimic real life movements (although most of them do), instead, they are designed to prepare the human body for the stimuli we are met with though out our daily lives.
Here are some obvious examples:
~ Picking your child’s back-pack off the ground before heading out for school in the morning – Deadlift.
~ Placing that stack of 5 porcelain plates in the top cabinet – Standing Press
~ Moving a dismantled side panel from a demolished Dodge Durango into a dumpster with 5.5ft sides – power clean and jerk (Yes this is an actual real life example from one of our clients)
By practicing these movements with a barbell, we are able to readily apply the movements patterns directly into our line of work.
Here are some less obvious examples:
~ Carrying three sheets of 2x4s across the back yard while building your new deck for the summer – Overhead Squats/Overhead Lunges
~ Grabbing your 5 year old’s basketball out of the tree in the back yard – Box Jumps
~ Sitting down into the chair of that “My Pretty Princess Tea Party” set with your 4 year old for some quality time with mom/dad ~ Back Squats
Whatever life throws at us, we are ready to overcome that obstacle.
So the next time to come into the gym and ask, “What is the point of this?” Just remember, there will come a time in your life when you are approached with an obstacle that others might simply walk away from. You, however, will know exactly what to do.