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10 Elements of Fitness

February 15th, 2017 by Jerrod Ruhl

Something I loved immediately about CrossFit when I discovered it way back, was that it defined fitness.

Greg Glassman defined it, explaining 10 generally accepted parameters of fitness.  So many other “fitness routines” leave aspects out, and lean heavily towards “cardio” or strength, or yoga (which we love) and its focus on mobility and flexibility.

But CrossFit focuses broadly on 10 aspects of fitness, and honestly its really hard to argue with them.

Check it out, and what you’re looking for is a “general strength and conditioning program” (this is what most people I talk to want) then CrossFit is probably for you…

10 Elements of Fitness

1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance- The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.

2. Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.

3. Strength – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.

4. Flexibility – The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.

5. Power – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.

6. Speed – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.

7. Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.

8. Agility – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.

9. Balance – The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base.

10. Accuracy – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a fitness program designed around the things you do in the real world. Every day, you bend down and pick things up, you put things over your head, you squat down, you stand up, you run after your kids or jump over a puddle. CrossFit prepares you for all that and then some, by performing those exact movements in our workouts. We use exercises from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and track and field, and the programs are always varied, so your body is always adapting, getting stronger, faster, and better conditioned.

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