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What are the 10 general physical skills that define fitness?
CrossFit recognizes 10 general physical skills, and goes further to say that you are as fit as you are competent in each of these 10 skills. Each of us come from different backgrounds, genetic make-up and experiences resulting in different strengths and weaknesses. A marathon runner may walk in with amazing cardiovascular/respiratory endurance but not be able to squat half his or her body weight. A power-lifter may not be able run a mile without stopping and gasping for air. These individuals have trained for a specific sport and are thus specialized.
We’re here to correct those deficiencies. We train it all, aiming to improve all the physical skills, while specializing in none of them. Our goal is to produce generalists, well-rounded athletes who are ready to handle anything.
Below is a brief summary of each of the 10 general physical skills, and you can read more in the CrossFit Journal article "What is Fitness"?
1. Cardiovascular/Respiratory Function – the ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
2. Stamina – the ability of body systems to utilize, store, process, and deliver energy.
3. Strength – the ability of a muscular unit, or group of muscular units, to apply force.
4. Flexibility – the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
5. Power – the ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
6. Speed – the ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
7. Coordination – the ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a single movement.
8. Agility – the ability to minimize transition time from one movement to another.
9. Balance – the ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base.
10. Accuracy - The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.