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January 19, 2009

“Fringe Athletes”
There is a near universal misconception that long distance athletes are fitter than their short distance counterparts. The triathlete, cyclist, and marathoner are often regarded as among the fittest athletes on earth. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The endurance athlete has trained long past any cardiovascular health benefit and has lost ground in strength, speed, and power, typically does nothing for coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy and possesses little more than average flexibility. This is hardly the stuff of elite athleticism. The CrossFit athlete, remember, has trained and practiced for optimal physical competence in all ten physical skills (cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina,flexibility, strength, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy). The excessive aerobic volume of the
endurance athlete’s training has cost him in speed, power, and strength to the point where his athletic competency has been compromised. No triathlete is in ideal shape to wrestle, box, pole-vault, sprint, play any ball sport, fight fires,or do police work. Each of these requires a fitness level far beyond the needs of the endurance athlete. None of this suggests that being a marathoner, triathlete or other endurance athlete is a bad thing; just don’t believe that training
as a long distance athlete gives you the fitness that is prerequisite to many sports. CrossFit considers the Sumo Wrestler, triathlete, marathoner, and power lifter to be “fringe athletes” in that their fitness demands are so specialized as to be inconsistent with the adaptations that give maximum competency at all physical challenges. Elite strength and conditioning is a compromise between each of the ten physical adaptations. Endurance athletes do not balance
that compromise.
Coach Glassman From Crossfit Foundations

Call me crazy, but I like to run. Not long distance, but it can be a high in shorter doses when you are conditioned to it. I know some of you come from a running background. And too there are probably more who would rather stick a hot poker in thier eye than run anything over 400m. I will tell you this-we are going to get back outside when the weather is better and I am looking forward to it from my heated bedroom, but I know that the first time out is going to hurt! Tell us how you feel about running in the comments-like/dislike, favorite distance-etc.



AMRAP 5min

5 Push Press 95/65
10 Wall Ball 20/14
5 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls 95/65
10 Box Jumps 24″

rest 1 min 3 Cycles

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  1. jmiles Reply

    When did excercise start sounding so arrogant?

  2. Jane Reply

    Sorry Tim and Nicole, we just saw the invite, teach us not to check the site every day! Hope you had a good time, see you tomorrow

  3. Mark Lee Reply

    jmiles-I don’t think it’s trying to be arrogant- just shed light on the misconceptions that are prominent reguarding endurance atheletes. The free journal link on the top right goes into more detail. It all boils down to defining what fitness actually is.

  4. Drew Reply

    Running comes as naturally to me as quantum mechanics. That being said…I CAN’T WAIT TO RUN!!! Where’s the joy in doing something that comes easy? Real satisfaction for me comes from taking a weakness and turning it into a strength. So that being said i look forward to the next running/OHS/burpee WOD(I can’t believe how much i am going to regret this post, definetely should have had coffee before writing)

  5. Littles Reply

    So I would by thrilled if the girls rx box was 18″.
    Then I can do this prescribed. for once.

  6. Mark Lee Reply

    The girls will be rx’d at 18″-if you can survive Tim’s warm-up

  7. Garetjax Reply

    I am looking forward to getting back out their and running I thought we had all improved considerably but if you don’t keep at it well ……I mean I would have died during michael if I had not been training

  8. Garetjax Reply

    Tim sorry me and nicky where at the wedding
    Look forward to next time tho nichole sid said to say hi

  9. Nicole Reply

    Congrats to you ladies who completed the workout as prescribed!

  10. sarah lee Reply

    Nicole, Thanks for your help during the workout! And thanks to both of you for helping out. Great warmup Tim.
    Also Tim, I know Jessie REALLY enjoyed the part in the warmup when we threw the balls in a circle. I thought you might want to keep that in mind next time she is in one of your classes. (She is going to kill me):)

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