ARTICLE: What Exercise Science Can Learn From CrossFit



Record your best Snatch 1 rep max lift.
Only include the heaviest 1 rep, do not include sets prior to it.

TIMECAP: 20:00


18-15-12-9-6-3 reps, for time of:
Thruster, 75/55 lbs
Power Snatch, 75/55 lbs

Competition: Scale one movement
Performance: 65-45# Toes as high as possible
Fitness: 45-35# Knee Raises


“It is rigid dogma that destroys truth; and, please notice, my emphasis is not on the dogma, but on the rigidity. When men say of any question, ‘This is all there is to be known or said of the subject; investigation ends here,’ that is death.” —Alfred North Whitehead in “Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead,” as recorded by Lucien Price.

Every fall semester, I teach a course in exercise metabolism that is geared toward students in our strength-and-conditioning and clinical exercise physiology master’s degree programs. Students entering these programs are required to have bachelor's degrees in exercise science, and as such they have completed extensive undergraduate coursework in the sciences and usually have some background in athletics. It seems reasonable to expect these already-educated students to be able to answer a simple question: What is fitness?

Initially, students seem to think that my question is some sort of icebreaker to get the class talking about something we can all understand before we address more complex course material.

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