Part 1 of the The Glassman Chipper WOD ends at Issue Nineteen of the The CrossFit Journal, first published in March 2004. Early on (Week 3) we answered "What is Fitness?," and we now we conclude with answering "What Is CrossFit?"
CrossFit was/is on the low carb-high fat side of nutrition while much of the commercial fitness, generic science, and media culture was preaching high carb-low fat. First published in 2003, Coach Glassman states "We write here today gloating. Gloating because it is our perception that we are decisively winning the diet war."
Though each person chooses to pursue their higher level fitness on their own, the efficacy and espirit de corps created by a training as part of a "team" was something that CrossFit was not specifically addressing. Week 34 "Team Workouts" fills the void.
Angie, Barbara, Chelsea, Diane, Elizabeth, Fran. "Anything that leaves you flat on your back and incapacitated only to lure you back for more at a later date certainly deserves naming."
Argument: CrossFit's definition of functional relies more on irreducibility and universality of motor recruitment than the alternatives, which better resemble rehabilitation and "core" auxiliary work. Coach Glassman explores the idea that functional movements performed at high intensity can yield a cardiorespiratory response greater than that of mono-structural conditioning activities. For example: The CrossFit WOD is programmed to provide you more benefit than a long slow bike ride (unless you are training for a long slow bike ride).
Short and sweet, Week 29. Common terminology is required to communicate effectively, so in August of 2003 Coach Glassman described his process for flattening Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) cues. "Four parts, three joints, two motions, and three rules."
In Week 28 of the Glassman Chipper challenge, Coach Glassman discusses The Clean. Simply put "moving a load (in the Olympic sense, a barbell) from at rest on the ground, to the shoulders." Attempts to refine this movement technique as an athlete and/or a coach prove that "putting it simply" and "executing it simply" are at two opposite ends of the spectrum.
There is a lot going on in this article, but the key takeaways are: fast-explosive training done in appropriately programmed intervals can provide all of the "pros" of long-slow aerobic training AND CrossFit aims to build "powerful fast athletes," not slow, low powered, fuel-efficient athletes.
The Week 24 Glassman Chipper article explains how 2003-era Coach Glassman would offer workout routine guidance to beginners with limited equipment. In focusing on Walk/Jog/Run, Deadlift, Push Press, and Squat he generated a 12-week program that steadily increases athlete capability with high-payoff functional movements.
We all need a degree of aid and assistance to fully facilitate a well-rounded fitness, and different cues best connect with different athletes. The greater the arsenal of resources, the best chance that you'll send the right message.
A few years prior to the inception of the CrossFit Games, Coach Glassman and the blossoming CrossFit community looked to construct a standardized assessment of the elite fitness they claimed to cultivate.
The CrossFit Warm-up continues to be a staple in the Karma CrossFit WU rotation, more than fourteen years after Greg Glassman first published the description.