Bite-Sized CrossFit Concepts: General Physical Preparedness

Graphic courtesy TrainHeroic.

Graphic courtesy TrainHeroic.

Have you been faced with a physical challenge outside the gym since you started CrossFit and been surprised at how well you handled it?

The aim of CrossFit is to prepare you for any physical challenge that might come up — whether that’s running a marathon, moving a couch into a walk-up apartment, or the zombie apocalypse! We like to be ready for the unknown and unknowable.

As a side benefit, having good general physical preparedness (GPP) will make you better at pretty much any sport you might want to play: a solid foundation of strength and conditioning will allow you to play harder and faster with less risk of injury.

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CrossFit and GPP by Tony Leyland

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Bite-Sized CrossFit Concepts is our series of quick primers on some of the fundamental principles of CrossFit, as well as common misconceptions and frequently asked questions. We hope that they will help you understand why we do things the way we do, and train smarter!

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  1. Amy Lippe May 16, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Spending the next three months on bike and counting on GPP to get me through… Thanks CFV!

  2. Bitches! May 22, 2014 at 9:07 am - Reply

    This is awesome and true! Carrying groceries up three flights for time! Lugging a month of laundry two blocks for time! LIFE FOR TIME!

  3. AK May 24, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

    – Carrying your bike fitted with a bunch of heavy accessories up 6 flights of stairs

    – Carrying your bike fitted with a bunch of heavy accessories up 6 flights of your bf’s stairs

    – Slinging that nitrogen keg up the basement of work

    – Helping Asian girls lift their heavy suitcases up the sidewalk at Penn Station

    And so on!

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