So, the whole idea behind this post is to touch on a topic that came up last week during one of Coach Dave’s morning sermons. The discussion related back to the ten elements of fitness and the goal to become good at all, rather than an expert at one.
CrossFit workouts train your body in all 10 of these components of complete fitness:
Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance- The ability of the body systems to gather, process, and transport oxygen. Stamina- The ability of the body to process, store, deliver, and utilize energy. Strength- The ability of a muscular unit, or combo of muscular units to apply force. Flexibility- The ability of maximizing range of motion at a given joint. Power- The ability of a muscular unit, or combo of muscular units to apply maximum force in minimum time. Speed- The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement. Agility- The ability to minimize transition time between one movement pattern to another. Coordination– The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement. Balance– The ability to control the placement of the bodies’ center of gravity in relation to its’ support base. Accuracy– The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
That being the case, growing up I clearly was looking at things from a totally different point of view. Whenever I came across something that interested me, I liked to dive right in and focus on becoming a specialist.
First came swimming… from a young age I focussed on gaining all the training and badges required to get my instructor’s certification. So much so, that by the time I was ready for this level, I was still 3 years too young and could only work as an assistant instructor. Waiting 3 years is an eternity when you are a child. So, after a little while, I looked for something else. I had already started investing my time in to horses, so when I got bored with the swimming, it was an easy transition. Of note… I grew up with a single mom. I was never destined to be one of the “rich kids” riding around on the best pony money can buy. However, with some hard work and dedication I was able to gain the experience I needed to still have quite a successful go at the world of show jumping. Unfortunately, throwing your leg over the back of a horse doesn’t come without its share of injuries. Especially when you become the kid who gets to ride all of the crazy ones. I was fearless, but with age this just sort of wears off. When a fall in 2001 landed me with a broken vertebrae and separated shoulder. I continued teaching, cause that was something I could do while I recovered, but the sands shifted for me and my confidence was never the same.
Then came snowboarding. Same deal. At this point, I had moved in with my dad and his new family and was lucky enough to enjoy a few winters with a membership at a private ski club. Spent every weekend at the hill. Self-taught involves it’s share of mistakes, but it was the only option. Soon, I was certified as an entry-level instructor. Then came even more time at the hill, teaching old ladies who were used to a casual coast down the hill as two-plankers to let loose a little strapped to a snowboard.
After growing up and moving away from home, I soon discovered that many of the hobbies I had known and loved as a kid were EXPENSIVE. But the adrenaline junkie in me needed a fix.
So… mountain bike racing fulfilled that craving. 24 hour and 8 hour team relays to be exact. Flying down a steep slope through tight single track was quite the rush, but again did not come without its share of injuries. Not the major kind like the horse fall, but I still have a pedal-bite scar on the back of my calf that will likely be there for life.
And of course ball hockey. But while I have gone through seasons of intense hockey-packed schedules, this one I will never consider myself a specialist in. I have been lucky enough over the years to play along side some AMAZING players though.
So now, after dabbling in pretty much everything that caught my attention in my first 30 years, I’ve found something I dig that I can concentrate on without becoming a specialist at any one thing in particular. :p