This is the final section from CrossFit’s article “What is Fitness and Who is Fit?” We will see that anyone and everyone can perform some variation of the exercises within the program. No matter your age, gender or current ability level. In CrossFit we don’t specify, we train for life and life is unexpected. You never know if you will be walking along and all of a sudden have to lift a fallen tree branch off of a trapped person, or help pull someone out of a car. No amount of leg extensions and bicep curls will prepare you for this real life application.
It’s very simple, you will either be fit enough to help…or you won’t.
If you need to catch up you can find parts 1-8 below.
Part 9 – Scaling and Applicability (By Greg Glassman, CrossFit Journal, OCT 2002)
Scalability and Applicability
The question regularly arises as to the applicability of a regimen like CrossFit’s to older and deconditioned or untrained populations. The needs of an Olympic athlete and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. One is looking for functional dominance, the other for functional competence. Competence and dominance manifest through identical physiological mechanisms.
We have used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we do not change programs.
We get requests from athletes from every sport looking for a strength-and-conditioning program for their sport. Firemen, soccer players, triathletes, boxers and surfers all want programs that conform to the specificity of their needs. While we admit that there are surely needs specific to any sport, the bulk of sport-specific training has been ridiculously ineffective. The need for specificity is nearly completely met by regular practice and training within the sport, not in the strength-and-conditioning environment. Our terrorist hunters, skiers, mountain bikers and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
Glassman, Greg. (2002, OCT). What is Fitness? The CrossFit Journal. Retrieved from: https://journal.crossfit.com/article/what-is-fitness