With the 2014 CrossFit Games coming to a close, we can all agree that, of all the people tested, Rich Froning and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet are the fittest human beings in the world. But what does this say about their health?
One of the several revolutionary concepts behind CrossFit is the defining of what fitness is. Work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Or as I like to say, “Who can do the most different types of work the fastest?” Another of these revolutionary concepts is the idea that fitness and health are not only related, BUT THEY ARE THE SAME THING.
This is so simple and does not require a lot of explanation, just a little thought. One of the primary markers that you are sick is that you are capable of less. How many of you have had to skip a WoD do to being “under the weather.” It’s that simple. If you’re ill, or your health is declining, it is indicated by your lack of ability to do things that an otherwise healthy person can.
How healthy would you say Rick Froning and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet are? Pretty damn healthy right? No injuries, no diseases, no chronic ailments, no metabolic disorders, no inhibitors of function.
All I want you to understand is what we are talking about. When many people discuss fitness or talk about being fit, they are talking about aesthetics. A look of being fit. But fitness is just like anything else in the world. Looks can be VERY decieving.