15 Box Jumps
It’s spring time and except for a few days recently it’s been a great time to be outside exercising. For a lot of you this means going for a run. Some of you are training for a race, others just enjoy running. It seems that in our culture the endurance athlete is the pinnacle of health and fitness. It also seems to be the first thing that crosses people’s minds when they want to start exercising again.
“I need to drop a few pounds. I better up my cardio. ”
“I need a challenge to get “back in shape”, I should sign up for a marathon.”
Thankfully we and other CrossFit Affiliates are altering the concept of what people believe to be healthy and Fit. The first skill on our list of 10 is Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance. This is your bodies ability to gather, process and deliver oxygen to your muscles, organs, and everything else that needs it during physical activity. The better your CVR Endurance the longer you will be able to continue without your performance deteriorating. It doesn’t matter if you’re running or rowing, doing a CrossFit WOD or weekend physical activity, the more efficient you are at processing oxygen the easier it will be and the more you’ll be able to do.
Cardio Endurance is one of the skills that we train in a variety of ways. We’re outside running, rowing on the C2 or sprinting on the airdyne. We use both timed intervals and varying distances to train, but we also combo weighted exercises like the Snatch or Clean with a gymnastics movement to elicit an incredible Cardiovascular/respiratory response.
Cardio is not the end all be all when it comes to fitness. It is one of many components that goes into making you a better all around athlete.