World Class Fitness In 100 words
Why It Comes Down To Only 4
“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, C&J, 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.”
~Greg Glassman- Founder of CrossFit
We have all decided that we want to live a healthier and happier life. That is why 99% of us started CrossFit. I can probably bump that up to 100% because even the elite athletes probably started CrossFit for this exact reason. CrossFit is not about spending countless hours in the gym. It is about increasing your fitness so you can do all the things you love and desire with ease. Doing CrossFit will lead to a healthy and happier life but you still have to live it.
This is why the last sentence of Glassman’s description of world class fitness is the most important….
“Regularly learn and play new sports.”
Look past the word sport. Do not take it in a literal sense. Peel back these 4 words…
Play. Learn. New. Regularly.
Here is the key to a happier and healthy life. No matter what age you are we must continue to play. Play catch with your kids, go fishing, go hiking, run a 5k, walk your dogs, go rock climbing, go ice skating. Don’t know how to fish? Don’t know a thing about hiking? Don’t have a dog? Can’t skate? That is ok.
Here comes the next word. Learn. Learn how to fish. Link up with a friend who loves to hike or has a dog. Get outdoors. Go ice skating with the family and laugh at yourself when you hold onto the rail the whole time. Learn to do the things you desire and want.
The third word is the most exciting but also the scariest, New. People do not like change. They get stuck in their ways and that’s that. Well get outside (Literally) your comfort zone. Go running when it is raining. Go swimming in the lake you have always wanted to swim in. Try a yoga class in the park. Join a softball or kickball league.
The final word, Regularly. You should be getting outside the gym to play, learn, and try something new on a weekly basis. Don’t have the time? (I’ll save the details here for another blog post) but make time. Set a date every other week. Twice a month. To go for that run. Go for a hike. Go for a 20 minute walk with a loved one.
We can not just be active for the one hour a day we come into the gym. Use your fitness. Push off the nursing home. Live a longer, healthier, and happier life.