Measurable, Observable, Repeatable Facts – Data. This is evidenced based fitness – and the most important and interdependent facets of any fitness program. This is CrossFit.
CrossFit measures the success of the methodology in three ways:
- Intensity – Go harder
- Capacity – Go longer or further
- Weight – Go Heavier
If you increase load, reps and decrease time – you have improved your fitness. Intensity is relative to the individual.
There is nothing wrong with this – until there is. At some point, you will plateau and following the same routine will not allow you to go harder, longer or heavier. Plus, going all out, all the time, at high intensities becomes counter-productive. But what is the enemy here? Is it the routine that is the enemy or is it specificity – as Crossfitters (general population Athletes) have we become specific with our routine training?
If you have been training for over a year – ask yourself.
- When was the last time you set a personal record?
- Are you lifting more weight and getting stronger?
- Are you improving your capacity by decreasing your time overall in conditioning workouts?
External Factors are also a great way to define something observable in your fitness.
- Have you lost weight?
- Gained Muscle?
- Improved flexibility or mobility in a movement?
Finally, are you consistently moving up the ladder in regard to:
- Body Composition
- Overall love of training
The basis of the CrossFit Methodology doesn’t need to change – we as Coaches, Athletes, and a Community have evolved. The way we use the methodology and the way we express it needs to improve. So that is what we are going to do – CFH Has Goals!
We program to improve overall fitness. With 10 years of experience – we have developed a measurable, observable, and repeatable program. We know what is improving overall fitness for you, our everyday Athletes. With a focus on developing proper strength and lifting technique – SMARTER intensity, and proper recovery.
We are using the Goal Month to focus development on one specific area of training while maintaining your fitness and skill in others. As an Athlete, you can have it all, just not all in one day. The CrossFit methodology is constantly varied – it is that variance that can sometimes be the roadblock to growth. Endurance, gymnastics, bodybuilding, powerlifting, weightlifting are all key components of a successful CrossFit program. However; to truly move forward in certain disciplines – more focus needs to be dedicated to that area – hence, Goal Month.
Training to build an area of weakness also transfers to GPP. For example – once you have completed a Strict Pull Up Program you will have improved your strength in pull-ups AND improved your Cindy times – you are stronger and more efficient which increases your ability to get more reps – you are fitter. Working focused goals into the general CrossFit programming – keeps the GPP, keeps the functional fitness, but develops the weaknesses and improves our long-term Athletes ability to progress.
Overall, every Athlete is an individual – you have to go through various training disciplines in order to figure out what works best for you, your body, and how you want to perform and look. –Coach Dave