"mess you up"
CrossFit’s Three Standards of Fitness
Sickness, Wellness, and Fitness as Measures of Health
Aerobics and Anaerobics
Gymnastics, Weightli!ing, and Sprinting
IN THIS ISSUE:
WHAT IS FITNESS?
What Is Fitness and Who Is Fit?
Outside Magazine crowned triathlete Mark Allen “the fittest man on earth” (http://web.outsidemag.com/magazine/0297/
9702fefit.html). Let’s just assume for a moment that this famous six-time winner of the IronMan Triathlon is the fittest of the fit,
then what title do we bestow on the decathlete Simon Poelman (http://www.decathlon2000.ee/english/legends/poelman.htm) who
also possesses incredible endurance and stamina, yet crushes Mr. Allen in any comparison that includes strength, power, speed, and
Perhaps the definition of fitness doesn’t include strength, speed, power, and coordination though that seems rather odd. Mer-
riam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “fitness” and being “fit” as the ability to transmit genes and being healthy. No help
there. Searching the Internet for a workable, reasonable definition of fitness yields disappointingly little (http://www.google.com/
search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=fitness+definition). Worse yet, the NSCA, the most respected publisher in exercise physi-
ology, in their highly authoritative Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning doesn’t even attempt a definition.
For CrossFit the specter of championing a fitness program without clearly defining what it is that the program delivers combines
elements of fraud and farce. The vacuum of guiding authority has therefore necessitated that CrossFit’s directors provide their own
definition of fitness. That’s what this issue of CrossFit Journal is about, our “fitness.”
Our pondering, studying, debating about, and finally defining fitness have played a formative role in CrossFit’s successes. The keys to
understanding the methods and achievements of CrossFit are perfectly imbed-
ded in our view of f