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General Physical Preparedness (GPP)
CrossFit is a GPP program. The goal, as the name states, is to be generally physically prepared. The question then becomes, “prepared for what exactly?” The answer is quite simple. We want to be prepared for everything. This is how we define fitness – being able to perform reasonably well at ANY given physical task. How do we do this? We get you to do workouts which are always different, made up of functional movements, and they are always hard relative to you as an individual. This is how you get fit.
You need to be able to run, you need to be able to jump, you need to be able to lift things up off the ground and put them over your head. These are things that everyone does in “normal life,” but how much of each you do largely depends your own lifestyle.
I remember a few months back I was explaining the above concept to one of you guys. The question I got was, “when in my life will I ever need to jump on top of a 20-inch box?” This was actually a good question and kind of caught me off-guard. After all, do box jumps—and wall balls, and power cleans, etc.—really foster GPP? I thought briefly about this and then responded, “If you can jump up on a 20-inch box fifty times over the course of a workout, imagine how easy walking up a flight of stairs will be.” This turned into an “aha” moment with the person in question.
The point is that all of the things we do in the gym will have some kind of translation into your everyday life. Doing pushups on a bosu ball or bicep curls in front of a mirror will not.
If you do CrossFit regularly then without a doubt you will be generally physically prepared for ANYTHING life throws at you. It doesn’t matter if you are using CrossFit as a conditioning tool for a specific sport or if you are just doing it so you can keep up with your kids. If you improve all aspects of your fitness, you will be a better athlete.
7 Chest to Bar Pullups
14 Double Unders
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