11.20 – Wednesday

CrossFit uses four models to accurately and precisely define fitness. One of these models is often referred to as the “sickness-wellness-fitness continuum”. It argues that for any and all health values that doctors use to determine how healthy you are lies on a continuum that ranges from sick, to well, to fit. We have yet to think of an example that does not work this way. Blood pressure, body fat, bone density, triglycerides, HDL/LDL cholesterol, muscle mass, etc. Each of these metrics has values that the medical community and CrossFit alike agree are sick, healthy, and fit. We contend that following the CrossFit prescription for training and nutrition pushes each of these markers in the direction of that of a person who is fit. The nice thing about having biomarkers of a fit person, is that before you get markers that resemble a sick person, you will first have to pass through healthy (or what we refer to as “well”) markers. One could logically argue that fitness is a hedge against sickness.

In a country where 70% of deaths annually can be attributed to chronic disease, any hedge against chronic sickness is optimal. Eat real food, get in the gym four to five times per week, work hard to maximize intensity, and your chances of dying a slow, miserable, painful death riddled with chronic disease plummets.

For more on this, check out “Chronic Disease: We have the Answer” on CrossFit’s YouTube channel. Click here to watch.

Wednesday’s WOD

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