1 May 2017


"The only way to know intensity is to experience it.

It is not a mythical creature born of grunting loudest, sweating the most or cheering excitedly. It is also not a matter of opinion. It’s physics. Scientifically speaking, intensity is defined as power:force multiplied by distance, then divided by time. Simply put:Intensity is doing more work faster.

That discomfort—doing 5 more reps when all you want to do is stop—is how you become fitter. “Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise,” CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman wrote in April 2007’s “Understanding CrossFit.”

Favorable adaptation includes improved body composition and improved health markers such as fasting glucose and triglycerides. It takes people from sick to well to fit.

“Be impressed by intensity, not volume,” Glassman is quoted as saying as early as 2002.

Crudely translated, it means this: Do more work in less time—not more work in more time. Explained via a CrossFit scenario,if you took 10 minutes to do Fran and then did another workout because “10 minutes wasn’t enough,” you did not perform Fran with intensity. If you had, you’d still be on your back. Likewise, you will not reap intensity’s benefits."

-Some excerpts taken from an article in the CrossFit Journal called "No Intensity, No Results" written by Andréa Maria Cecil. My apologies to those in the academic world that are cringing at my poor citation skills. :-) You can see the full article here: http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_2016_06_Intensity-Cecil_v2.pdf


Workout of the Day

AMRAP 10

50 Double Unders
10 Back Squats (135/95)

Score is total rounds.

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