CrossFit’s Second Fitness Standard

The essence of this model is the view that fitness is about performing well at any and every task imaginable. Picture a hopper loaded with an infinite number of physical challenges where no selective mechanism is operative, and being asked to perform anyone randomly drawn from the hopper. This model suggests that your fitness can be measured by your capacity to perform well at these tasks in relation to other individuals. The implication here is that fitness requires an ability to perform well at all tasks, even unfamiliar tasks, tasks combined in infinitely varying combinations. In practice this encourages the athlete to disinvest in any set notions of sets, rest periods, reps, exercises, order of exercises, routines, periodization, etc. Nature frequently provides largely unforeseeable challenges; train for that by striving to keep the training stimulus broad and constantly varied.

CrossFit’s First Fitness Standard

There are ten recognized general physical skills. They are cardiovascular/respiratory, endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. You are as fit as you are competent in each of these ten skills. A regimen develops fitness to the extent that it improves each of these ten skills.

Improvements in endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility come about through training. Training refers to activity that improves performance through a measurable organic change in the body. By contrast improvements in coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy come about through practice. Practice refers to activity that improves performance through changes in the nervous system. Power and speed are adaptations of both training and practice.


G.P.P General Physical Preparedness

Many times athletes will get so caught up in the idea of trying to get stronger that they forget about everything else. They may work out every day, feel strong and think that they’re in great shape, but they can’t walk across the room without having to stop and catch their breath. This is puzzling to the athlete who has put in so many hours of training to be in “such great shape.” Many injuries happen because one variable is left out, things begin to stagnate, and soon after that the athlete gets hurt. This is where General Physical Preparedness training (GPP) often can help. 

GPPtraining serves several functions: 1. The formation, strengthening or restoration of skills which play an auxiliary, facilitatory role in sports perfection. 2. As a means of educating abilities, developed insufficiently by the selected type of sport, raising the general work capacity or preserving it. 3. As active rest, assisting the restoration processes after significant, specific loading and counteracting the monotony of the training. These functions define the role of the general-preparatory exercises in the athlete’s training system. The most common way GPP is applied is through body weight exercises such as squats, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, jumping rope, box jumps, pushups and sit ups. So todays W.O.D is called the GPP.


400 Meter Run
Box Jump 20x 20″
Jump Rope 500x singles
Push Press 15x #75/55
Thruster 15x #75/55
Wall Ball 15x #20/14
Hand Stand Hold 70 seconds
Burpee 20x
Squat 80x
Sit Up 65x
Push Up 40x


I would like to congratulate the following students for making the 2010 CrossFit Scottsdale “Gamers” team. In 2 weeks these competitors will be in San Diego, CA for the Southwest CrossFit sectionals. We are taking more students than any other school in the state and we would love for you guys to come and cheer us on. The event is two days March 27 and 28. The top 3 male and female athletes will make up our Affiliate Cup Team.

Ilana, Brett, “Sarge”, Doug, B.K, Matt, Angie, Eileen, Erica, Luke. *Not Pictured. *B.G, *Skip, *J.K

Boys will be Boys…

Warm up
10 min jump rope
Side to side
Front to back
High knees
Left foot
Right foot
Single as many as you can in 1 min


5 Pull ups
10 Box jumps
15 Deadlifts

As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes

"Mighty Maxwell"

Overhead Squat
Sumo Deadlift High Pull
Push Press

This is one of my favorite videos from the Old School days. Max and I in the back parking lot. Anytime… Anyplace… Anyway… Get some… As fast and as hard as you possibly can…

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