When you first start reading about CrossFit, you will notice that CrossFit materials talk about all those who attend CrossFit gyms or classes as CrossFit athletes. CrossFit considers CrossFit beginners to be athletes, too.
This happens because, in CrossFit, an athlete is someone who trains in strength, power, endurance, and flexibility. You may be a CrossFit beginner, but if you are training in all these areas, according to CrossFit, you are an athlete.
It is CrossFit philosophy that people can’t achieve and sustain optimal health if they are not athletes. Athletes enjoy protection from rapid ageing and diseases, unlike non-athletes. To prove this statement, CrossFit books often point out that 70-year-old athletes are often stronger and more fit than people who don’t exercise and are 30-40 years younger.
It is hard to disagree with this statement because all scientists agree that exercise improves health and delivers multiple benefits including higher bone density, stronger immune system, lesser risks of heart diseases, fewer strokes and more.
When it comes to core strength and conditioning, CrossFit approaches these terms in two different ways. The first way is that the skills, strength, and conditioning that CrossFit helps achieve are the foundations of all athletic exercises. In the same sense, universities all over the world have core courses for different majors that serve as a foundation for other courses, knowledge and skills.
The second is that core strength in CrossFit is the actual strength of the core of the human body, meaning the torso or trunk. The importance of a strong core is supported by research that indicates that powerful hip extension is the foundation of great athletic performance. Most exercises and sports, including running, jumping, punching, and throwing originate in the core of the human body.
CrossFit strives to develop its athletes from inside out, from the core to the extremities.