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CrossFit Hopper Method

Capability at random physical tasks: The hopper.

CrossFit is about constantly varied training, but that doesn’t mean the training is random. While it’s true the CrossFit philosophy is to train for the unknown and the unknowable, our programming here at CrossFit Newstead is carefully and intelligently planned out. In doing so will have you best prepared for any physical task life throws your way.

The essence of the CrossFit Hopper model is the view that fitness is about performing well at any and every task imaginable. Picture a hopper loaded with an infinite number of physical challenges where no selective mechanism is operative, and being asked to perform feats randomly drawn from the hopper. This model suggests that your fitness can be measured by your capacity to perform well at these tasks in relation to other individuals. The fitness that CrossFit advocates and develops is deliberately broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing, delivering General Physical Preparedness (GPP)



CrossFit General Physical Preparedness (GPP)

General physical preparedness (GPP) essentially means you’d be prepared for any task that comes out of the Hopper, or better still you are physically prepared for whatever could be thrown your way in life.

I read in an article where CrossFit legend Chris Spealler was asked “do you want a 3 minute mile or an 800lbs back squat” he answered by stating, “I want the best of both worlds.”

A runner would of course take the run, a powerlifter would take the squat, as a CrossFit athlete we want to have a solid level in both.

Generally when training on your own or following a general fitness program you mainly work on the things you are good at and avoid the things you are not so good at. Taking the time to learn new skills and master your weaknesses provides the biggest rewards. Avoiding WODs that are not your strongest is known as “Cherry Picking”, to achieve the best results in overall fitness GPP don’t cherry pick.

Working on your weaknesses is the single best thing you can do
for your overall fitness, as well as the most gratifying. Not only that, surprisingly CrossFit has found working on your deficiencies seems
to improve your non-deficient skills. Any spare time you have you will make more progress by making a commitment to yourself to improve your deficiencies rather than continuing to improve your strengths.

Using the Hopper analogy, what’s the task you dread most to come out of the hopper? 5k run?, Fran?, Rowing, Clean & Jerk?. Could any reasonable fitness task come out of the hopper that you couldn’t get through? If not make a commitment to spend 5-10mins to work on your physical skills needing improvement every time you come into the gym and most importantly don’t CHERRY PICK.

The only way to get better at anything in life is practice, “repetition is the mother of skill”.

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