What do you envision when I use the word stamina? Are you thinking about the ability to keep going for an extended period of time? With the race season being well underway and the second leg of the triple crown last weekend we’re gonna chat about stamina.
Stamina has a lot to do with your body’s ability to resist fatigue, process energy and keep you moving well for an extended period of time. The marathoner is a great example, so is the IRONMAN (or IRONWOMAN) and the CrossFitter. Often times Stamina and Endurance have been synonymous. When you think of endurance athletes, you think of stamina. But unlike conventional wisdom, we don’t think the event has to be over a long period of time to be considered Stamina.
When you look into the CrossFit Journal for a definition of stamina, you get “the ability of your body to process, deliver, store and utilize energy.” Stamina is how efficient your body is at using energy.
CrossFit is challenging and in many cases changing conventional wisdom. Instead of just thinking about Marathon and 1/2 Marathon runners, lets look at the Triple Crown Races. The Kentucky Derby, 2mins. The Preakness Stakes, 2mins. The Belmont Stakes, 4mins. Now granted I’m talking about horses but these animals are going all out for 2-4 minutes. To do any physical activity all out for 2-4 minutes without succumbing to fatigue or breaking down takes Stamina.
As CrossFitters we train Stamina regularly. We train in different time domains and different energy systems to be efficient going long, medium and short. We train to overcome fatigue, we push when are bodies ask us to stop, we do not sacrifice form or succumb to a crappy range of motion no matter how tired we might feel.
So tell your friends and come test your stamina with us. How do you think you’ll do?