If there is anything that you should ever memorize about fitness it should be what CrossFit Founder, Greg Glassman famously wrote in exactly 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, Clean and Jerk, 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.
What I really want to touch up on this week is the last sentence.
“REGULARLY LEARN AND PLAY NEW SPORTS”.
The idea sounds great in theory but how many of us really are using our new found fitness to play sports?
About two months ago, I began taking up tennis lessons and couldn’t be happier. To much of the surprise of my tennis coach he was really impressed by my speed and conditioning levels. It really help me pick up the game faster as I was athletic/fit enough to learn quickly and well conditioned to get lot of reps in on the tennis court. I couldn’t imagine trying to play a sport with a very low baseline of strength and conditioning. It would make learning sport much harder and longer to learn.
While I was at my gym a few weeks again training in very controlled environment of barbells, fixed repetitions and a running clock I came to realize that tennis, or any sport for that matter was that: Sport is CrossFit untamed!
It’s challenging, unpredictable, and so much fun, especially the more you train.
I was reminded that improved fitness and decreased body composition is not the end-all-be-all but rather a bridge to try new things simply because you CAN.
High levels of fitness that CrossFit produces allows us the opportunity to challenge our fitness while enjoying the pleasure of sport.
Get out there and compete in sport, have fun and also remember it’s a blessing to be able to move the way we do.
Don’t take it for granted.