If you've watched CrossFit videos or read CrossFit articles, you've probably come across the acronym GPP. GPP stand for General Physical Preparedness and it is synonomous with fitness. CrossFit's standard definition of fitness is "work capacity over broad time and modal domains." This definition is best demonstrated by the hopper analogy:
Take a hopper (the thing that holds bingo balls) and load it with physical challenges, i.e. deadlift, 10K run, Fran, pull-ups, shoveling, fence climbing, etc. Once a day, pull out a challenge. The person that is most fit can best perform whatever comes out of the hopper time after time.
If you are an endurance athlete, say an Olympic-caliber marathoner, you will excel when the 10k run comes up, but you will tank on the deadlift and the pull-ups. Runners focused only on running are good at running, but they are not fit. In fact, long-distance runners are notorious for not being able to jump.
Take a CrossFitter who isn't the top athlete on any one exercise, but can complete pretty much anything that comes out of the hopper…he is prepared, therefore he is the fittest.
By working across CrossFit's 10 physical skills and constantly varying your workouts, you are best prepared for anything that life throws at you, whether you are a cop, firefighter or a mom – you are down with GPP!
Workout of the Day
50-40-30-20 and 10 rep rounds of: