Health and Fitness…Which One?

So the topic of tonights post centers around YOU. In short, why are you coming to CrossFit For Glory? Is it to improve your health…or fitness? I’ve written many times about how important it is to keep perspective on why you do CrossFit in the first place. Here are the highlights of that post:
“There is also a daily lesson to take away from this message – keep perspective on the “WHY” during normal days here. Don’t be so hard on yourself to PR every single time you are in. Because in the grand scheme of things (i.e. LIFE), it doesn’t really matter if you hit a deadlift PR, a Fran PR, or beat someone else out in a WOD.
The real question, the only one that really matters:

“Are you closer to achieving your WHY?”

Our goal is to make your time at CFG the absolute best hour of your day.
Our accomplishment of that goal hinges on your perspective for yourself.
Keep perspective.”
I’ve also written at length about what it means to be healthy. I mentioned that the definition of health from the ‘World Health Organization’ seemed most in line with our view at CrossFit For Glory: “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
As for ‘fitness’, well that one is easy…we just take the one straight from Coach Greg Glassman, the creator of CrossFit: “Increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.”
So, our question to you is: in your life, which one do you feel like you are more concerned with chasing right now…health or fitness? And I mean that in terms of how you feel today. The goals certainly can, and likely will, change over time. But focus on where you are with yourself today. To be perfectly honest, you cannot chase fitness if you haven’t first achieved health. These two are simply points on a continuum, with health (termed ‘wellness’ in the chart below) being a pit-stop on the road to fitness:
Well, starting on Wednesday, September 28th, we are taking another step in the direction of getting you all closer and closer to your specific goals – health, fitness, or even beyond! Going forward, you will see two workout offerings in our daily programming. One will be named ‘Health’ and one named ‘Fitness.’ Don’t get hung up on them. But know that you will be performing one or the other, not both. Which one you do rides on two factors:

  1. Which side of the fence you feel you fall in regards to the question posed above – are you chasing health or fitness?
  2. Where your coach feels you would be best served

Still not sure what to choose? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I rehabbing from an injury?
  • Do I have a nagging hip/knee/shoulder issue that won’t go away?
  • Have I been away from the gym for two weeks or more?
  • Am I stuck in a rut and feel like I’m going backwards?
  • Does my mobility/flexibility need more work than my strength does?
  • Will I need to scale any movements and/or weights on the ‘Fitness’ track?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to one of more of the above questions, then you will be on the ‘Health’ track.
One final thing: this is not going to be a day to day thing that you have to do. This week begins a new training cycle that will last approximately 6 weeks in length. If you are on the ‘Health’ track tomorrow, you will stay on it for the entirety of this cycle. If you start on the ‘Fitness’ track, but at any point need to move to the ‘Health’ track, you will stay there for the remainder of the cycle.
Why? Simple – it is in the best interest of your longterm health and continued development. This doesn’t mean that you are any worse than anyone else, it is simply a way for us (your loving coaches!) to best serve you.
So, how do you move up? At the end of this cycle, there will be a test up option. If you can complete it as RX, you have the choice to move up. If you wish to stay where you are, you can do so.
We spent the last 6 weeks putting you all through a (unknown to you!) battery of tests for evaluation. We know where you ALL stand and we’re not afraid to check any egos – haha!
Finally, here is an example of how the first day of workouts will look:
Buy in: 1K row
3 Rounds:
15 OHS (75/55)
15 Sit ups
Buy in: 1K row
3 Rounds:
15 OHS (95/65)
15 GHD Sit ups

people working out in a group fitness class


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