The Test of Fitness

Last Thursday marked the Opening Day of the 2016 CrossFit Season.  For the next four weeks we will be engaging in the first round of the Test of Fitness.  This is a great time to be a CrossFitter. Whether you just started CrossFit or you’ve been doing it for years, The Open is the first step in the process to determine the fittest man and woman on Earth.  

This test is not to find the most athletic, or the strongest people.  It’s not a test to see who can run the farthest or the fastest.  This test is to find which men and women are the best when we overlap those skills (abilities).  Greg Glassman defined FItness as…

“work capacity across broad time and modal domains”

Broken down, this statement means…

“who can perform the most work or the best at any given task in short, intermediate, and long durations”

In order to find the fittest men and women, it must be similar to any other experiment.  The test needs to be measurable, observable and repeatable.  But unlike other tests, The CrossFit Games uses both the known and unknowable elements as means for determining the Fittest.  This idea, forces us to train for anything and everything that we might encounter.  This helps eliminate the ability for people to train to the test, because they don’t know “what questions will be asked”

Each individual test is either a task priority, focusing on how quickly you can get work done or a time priority, focusing on how much work you can get done in a certain time frame. But these are not the only types of tests The Open give you.  It also quizzes you on your ability to recover between events and your mental toughness.  Many of the WOD’s will ask you the very hard question of “Do you want to Continue or do You want to Quit?”

Lastly, The CrossFit Open allows us the opportunity to  join in the world wide community of CrossFit Enthusiasts and test ourselves against everyone else that is curious about where their fitness stacks up.  Every year at this time, I get re-energized to be a CrossFitter and an Affiliate Owner.  After a lifetime of people hating to take exams, seeing so many of you be willing to walk into the testing room and lay it all on the line is one of the most inspiring things I get to experience.  

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