By Coach Jonathan:
Every time we finish a CrossFit workout, most feel like they’re getting healthier and fitter. But what specific skills are we actually improving in? CrossFit identifies these skills as part of their first of four fitness models.
These skills are known as the ten general physical skills:
The more improved you are in each of these skills, the more fit you are. The goal of CrossFit workouts is to improve through all of these ten physical skills. Improvements in endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility are accomplished through training, which is defined by CrossFit as activity that improves performance through a measurable organic change in the body. Examples of training activities are a 2,000 meter row for time or working on a deadlift 3 repetition max. Improvement in coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy are accomplished through practice, which is defined as activity that improves performance through changes in the nervous system. Examples of practice activities are the warmup skills we do for double unders or when we perform skill work of the gymnastic movements, such as kip swings and hollow/arch holds on the bar. Power and speed are improved through both training and practice. The workouts done doing Barbell Club are great examples of how both training and practice are applied to improve power and speed, which are two vital skills when performing Olympic weightlifting.
There aren’t many workout regimens that accomplish all these skills like CrossFit does. The beauty of CrossFit is that it develops us to be a more well rounded, fitter self.