What is physical freedom?

Our most popular program here at MVMT42 is without doubt CrossFit. It's part of our roots, I've been a CrossFit coach for over 6 years and still commit to the ideals 100%.

CrossFit in 100 words, in my opinion, is the greatest 100 words in fitness:

 
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.

— Greg Glassman
 

Over the past 6 years I've felt a fork in the road, clearly demonstrated in the most recent CrossFit games documentary. There is CrossFit the program, and then there is the Sport of CrossFit. Our CrossFit program is not designed for those looking to compete in the sport of CrossFit. Confusing? Let me explain:

CrossFit the class program is a group based training methodology to bring 'physical freedom'. The ability to move well, without pain so fitness is not a limiting factor in everyday life. It's designed for anyone looking for that exact goal. 
Just like any other class in the fitness market, it has a purpose (well, I'm my opinion spinning to music is without purpose, that's the difference between exercising and training - but that's another blog). Ours is audacious, but it works. It creates fit Dads that enjoy football with their kids, it keeps our masters members out of old age care, it rids fat and builds lean muscle tissue.

CrossFit the sport; is a sport. So the training involved looks nothing like Greg Glassman's 100 words. Athletes at the shiny tip of performance are not healthy. 30 muscle ups for time is not 'physical freedom', it's the pinnacle of athletic performance against other athletes to find the fittest person on earth. 

So let's get back to this physical freedom concept. It's the idea that at any age you don't moan getting out of bed, you live without a backache and your body composition is in a healthy range. It's done by accurately performing consistent functional movements under the guidance of a coach, results don't come quick and hard work will never be popular. It's about repeating the most basic human movement patterns over and over again, trying to unglue what modern day does to our bodies. If you want to live a life of physical freedom you must learn how to squat well. You must be able to pick up your own bodyweight with a straight spine. You must be able to complete 20min of sustainable aerobic work.

We as Brits love things the easy way.  Whether it be the pill that makes me feel good, or the premade from the supermarket because it took us 5 minutes to get.  We like things that come with ease, we turn away from anything that can be related to the word “work”.  

CrossFit isn’t easy, yet I see each and every one of you in here on a daily basis.  I applaud your efforts and your dedication to your fitness and physical freedom. We don’t make workouts to be hard, we design them with a purpose, as a result, we occasionally have hard workouts.  

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