Mar 30th, 2008
Author: Mike Minium
Natalie Woolfolk displaying some serious power
For those of you who haven’t yet seen our poster of the ten general physical skills (courtesy of Jim Cawley of Dynamax) that’s hung up on our wall in the gym, it’s worth a gander.
The ten general physical skills figure prominently in CrossFit programming. In fact, we train to develop all ten.
Below is a list of said skills, along with their definition.
1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance – The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
2. Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
3. Strength – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
4. Flexibility – the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
5. Power – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
6. Speed – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
7. Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
8. Agility – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
9. Balance – The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.
10. Accuracy – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
Which of these ten skills is the most highly developed in your CrossFit game? Which is least developed? And which, in your opinion, is the most important skill to develop (if there is a single most important skill)?
Post your thoughts to comments.