10 General Physical Skills

CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general, and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency—not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable.

After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage.

Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.

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 bodies 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.

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