As you may or may not have noticed the preferred term we use for those you have chosen to join our box is “athlete.” Not “member,” “client” nor “student”, but “athlete.” The New OxFord American Dictionary defines an “athlete” as “a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.” CrossFit’s definition is “a person who is trained or skilled in strength, power, balance and agility, flexibility, and endurance”.
You may not see yourself as an athlete. But you should because the fact is you cannot achieve optimal health without being athletic.
The CrossFit model holds that “fitness”, “health”, and “athleticism” are essentially the same condition. This condition exists on the opposite end of a continuum with sickness. In between “fitness” and “sickness” is a state we can call “wellness.” What many call being “healthy”, “well” or “normal” is actually just a mediocre place halfway to being sick. It makes no sense to us to aspire to be “just a little” healthy.
The good news is that optimal strength, conditioning and health are achievable with little time investment. You guessed it: Short, intense workouts (along with sound nutrition, hydration and sleep) will push your body toward athleticism.
Competition is integral to the concept of the athlete. In fact the word is derived from the Greek “Athlon” or “prize” for which they compete. Even if you do not wish to win the CrossFit games you should still compete for the prize of the healthiest body you can have. It’s worth it.