Three Athletes and the Bartender
By: Mike Collette B.S CES C-PT
The bartender then grabs the beers and waters for the three athletes and places the bill down in front of the CrossFitter. “Well, here you go! Looks like you’re paying for this round my friend!” The CrossFitter looks down at the check, takes the two copies of the bill and hands one of each of his friends, the Ironman athlete and the Strongman. The two start to pull out their wallets to split the tab. The bartender looks confused again and says, “Wait, so you won?! How can that be?”. The CrossFitter replies, “You never have to finish first to be the fittest.” The bartender, who doesn’t really know what to say, asks “what do you mean? How can you win if you don’t finish first?” As the three are getting up to leave, the CrossFitter says “You are only as fit as your biggest weakness. Tackle your weaknesses in any domain of fitness, be it running/lifting weights/gymnastics etc and you will be a better athlete and capable of things you never could imagine! That is what CrossFit is all about.” The three walk out as the bartender cleans up. That night he goes home and contacts his local CrossFit box to see how he can get started. His reason? He wants to get in the best shape of his life, “time to make a change” he says.
Not The End, The Start.
Moral of the story: Fitness is a balance between various elements. How it is defined in this story is “doing well at any and everything”. Clearly the CrossFitter didn’t lift more weight than the Strongman or out run the Ironman athlete. There is an endurance and strength spectrum. The Ironman athlete is much closer to the “endurance” side and the Strongman is much closer to the “strength” side of the spectrum. In CrossFit, we try to narrow the gap between the two and stick around the middle. You can’t compare Elite athletes in a specific sport to someone that is balanced in all domains. But when you talk about being “Fit”, truly “Fit”, you need to have a balance between Strength, Power, Flexibility, Endurance, Stamina, Balance, Coordination, Agility, Speed and Accuracy (10 general physical skills). Do the common uncommonly well=Virtuosity.