Fitness Is … Potential

By Blair Morrison

In Rest Day/Theory

November 10, 2010

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Greg Glassman asked the question, “What is fitness?” Blair Morrison offers some of his own thoughts to help you discover what fitness means to you.

What is fitness?

The question is one of the foundations of the CrossFit program, and asking it will make you reconsider just about everything you know about training. In answering it, Greg Glassman created a new way of training and a new way of thinking about health and human performance. He also got people thinking and answering the question for themselves.

In the first installment of this multi-part series, two-time CrossFit Games competitor Blair Morrison talks about what fitness is to him.

In Part 1, Morrison suggests that we all have the potential to be something more than we are at present, and we owe it to ourselves to realize that potential through hard work.



22 Comments on “Fitness Is … Potential”


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You can definitely tell Blair has an Ivy League education in his writing. I love the survival aspect he explores in the article, and the harsh truth about motivation and goal-setting.

Great article Blair. I hope to see many more from you.


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This enlightening article came just in time to "ring my bell" in the commitment to continue the tough training necessary for an upcoming NLP invitational I'm competing in...incidentally today is also my 18th birthday! Having lost 80lbs over last summer, I can say Crossfit has truly changed my life. Thank you Coach Glassman!


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absolutely outstanding article.... Very well written. I enjoyed reading this and really liked how you brought up the ringing the bell thing, of course, your then expecting to keep reading about how the boy ran and rung that bell everyday and became a college football superstar. Instead, proceeding to talk about how he fell short and was ok with "getting by"...
.... Once again, great article!


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One of the best articles I've read in Months.


Justin Riley wrote …

Great stuff Blair. Ringing the bell, for me, represents that thing that you hate to do, but know it needs to be done. You do it for yourself and nobody else. You do it because you desire to get better everyday. I can vouch for Blair that he walks his talk and rings the shit out of the bell, both literally and metaphorically speaking. (see


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This question should be changed, this article to me answers....what is life?


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"It takes supreme physical and mental fortitude and an unflinching, genuine ambition to overcome these hurdles. Most of us lack these qualities--and it shows." It is so very true that most everyone has the ability and capacity to be better but the hurdles seemingly become too great. Mr. Morrison is spot on when he says that "we're too obsessed with getting by." This is a dangerous combination of factors, and it is elegantly and concisely discussed in this excellent article. I wish I had this sort of guidance 25 years ago, but it's comforting to know that my physical potential "has no shelf life." Thanks for sharing the truth about Fitness and Potential.


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Wow. wow. WOW.

What an anazing article.

Thankyou :)


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you are a great writer! I enjoyed this article a lot. Thank you.


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In agreement with everyone above, great article! One of the inherently beautiful things about crossfit is that it acts as a magnetic and attracts those people that wish to be part of the 10 percent. The community of crossfit creates prosperity in many different realms and on many different levels. Sometimes I think crossfitters come across as elitists (myself included) but the reason is not because we think we are better but because we care so deeply for the simple pursuit of being better and this can rub that 90 percent status quo group the wrong way. Well written article Blair and I can't wait to read more!


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This is one of the best reflective articles I have read in a very long time. I believe his perspective is dead on. So often do people tell me that they want to lose weight, schedule some time to work with me, then call and cancel because they are too tired to work out after a long day or a lousy night of sleep. I have to admit that there are many times I wanted to skip a workout, but after sucking it up and forcing myself to do something, I always feel better. Point is, fitness is just as much mental as it is physical... sometimes even more so.


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An excellent article and perspective Blair, I particularly like your point that one's potential is truly measurable only by yourself and is, or should be, constantly evolving.

My father always told me the way to improve was to "Bite off more than you can chew and then chew like hell".

Thanks for the article


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awesome article. anyone know where he got his tee from? its superb.


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I'm with you Izzet, that's an awesome tshirt, anyone know where we can get it?


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@13 & 14

there is a link at Blair's website which is also well worth checking out:


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for those of you who don't know; "fitness is..." is a series Blair posts occasionally

check this link for the other post about what fitness is:

i think "impartial" is great!


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This is arguably one of the best articles i've ever read. Thanks Blair


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Well done. Great reminder that our goal should be a lifestyle of fitness and not simply a number. Eager to read more...


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Great article Blair, good to hear that your doing well in States. Now I need to convince my mom to get out to your box and ring that bell...
CrossFit FSF
Driebergen, Netherlands


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One more won't hurt: great, great article, thanks for that.

Sadly, many people actually don't reinforce and support you when you're eating really clean, working out 3-4 times a week and at the same time work hard on being successful at your everyday job. When did being disciplined and working (out) hard get out of fashion?


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I am actually going out to buy a bell for my affiliate after reading that.
I am teaching a unit to my Grade 9 Phys Ed class called 'Personal growth occurs when we overcome adversity'. This fits in so perfectly. Thank you Blair.


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Interesting article. My 3 word summary: talk is cheap.

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