“Constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity.”
This is the basic definition of CrossFit, its pretty basic and straight forward. CrossFit was initially developed as a strength and conditioning program that put a major emphasis on the use of functional movements. The term “functional movements” has since been thrown around a lot, and has become somewhat of a selling point of many other fitness trying to model themselves after CrossFit. But what is a functional movement? In the simplest terms, its movements that carry over into real world application, something that will improve one’s performance in day to day activities. From the construction worker, to the stay at home mom (or dad), CrossFit was designed to make everyone better and healthier, which it still does to this day. Within the last few years, the popularity of the CrossFit Games has grown by leaps and bounds. You can now watch the CrossFit games on ESPN, so yeah I’d venture to say CrossFit as a whole has grown just a little bit. With this growing popularity there has also been a divide, CrossFit as a strength and conditioning program, and CrossFit as a sport.
So after reading all of this, I want you to answer this simple question. Why do you do CrossFit? Are you trying to improve your level of fitness and be the best version of you possible? Or are you trying to compete in the sport of CrossFit? I think sometimes we (myself included) get caught up in the competitive side of CrossFit a little too much, and lose sight of why we started doing CrossFit in the first place. I don’t mean to bust anyone’s bubble, but the chances of making it to the CrossFit games are almost slim to none for the vast majority of us. Making it to regionals is a major feat in itself in this day and age. Now I’m not degrading the want and desire to do local CrossFit competitions, because they are great and are a blast to do ( if you consider getting really really broke off a blast). But if the competitive side of CrossFit is the only reason you are doing CrossFit, then I think you may have lost a little perspective on why you’re doing it. Sometimes I believe we let our competitive nature take over, which may make some of us lose perspective on why we are doing CrossFit in the first place. This can also be applied within the gym setting itself. Is your goal day in and day out is to have a faster time or lift more weight than Sally Sue? Do you RX a workout even though its too heavy or you can’t perform the movements properly just so you can be at the top of the scoreboard on Wodify? If the answer is yes, then I think we might have lost focus on the big picture. I think it’s time for us to all get back to the basics, to focus on becoming the best versions of ourselves that we can. Do CrossFit so you can go play with you kids outside on the weekends. Do it so you can perform tasks at work much easier than you use to. Do it so you can live a long, healthy, and happy life. Competition does breed success, but don’t let it be your only motivation. So I’ll ask the question again. Why do you do CrossFit?