An Overview of CrossFit
A. Sickness vs. Wellness vs. Fitness
Another benefit of CrossFit is that it also improves an athlete’s overall health. It is observable that every aspect of health can be placed on a sliding scale of Sickness, Wellness, or Fitness. For example, a body fat of 40% is sickness, 20% is wellness or healthy and 10% is fit. Blood pressure, body fat, bone density, triglycerides, good and bad cholesterol, flexibility, muscle mass, etc., can all be placed on this sliding scale of fitness. CrossFit programming strives to improve all measurable areas of health (What is Fitness 6). This is not true of bodybuilding and traditional programs. Bodybuilding and strength training aren’t focused on improving overall health, only on building muscle.
CrossFit also promotes having good dietary habits. In order to maximize workout performance and subsequently health, an athlete must have a proper diet. CrossFit teaches new athletes this important information. Other programs preach excessive intake of carbohydrates and protein. This is not a balanced diet. According to Glassman, “70% carbohydrate, 20% protein, and 10% fat may work for your rabbit, but it won’t do anything for you except increase your risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease or leave you weak and sickly” (What is Fitness 8). The caloric load suggested for bodybuilding is grossly out of proportion to their activity level. This leads to excessive body fat in the short term and increased risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease in the long term (What is Fitness 8).