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January 03, 2011

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

In Part 3, Morrison looks at how you must expose your weaknesses and then take responsibility for eliminating them if you want to be fitter.



17 Comments on “Fitness Is … Exposure and Impartial”


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Wow this is a great piece. Thanks for the thoughts Blair, I will use this.


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Powerful and motivating article! I like the stance you took on excuses don't get it done. The closing line was fantastic "If the individuals reaps the benefit, then so too must he shoulder the burden."


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Well said!


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Fantastic article. I enjoyed reading it.


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Outstanding article. I should send this to a few people I know....:)


Tammi Byxbee wrote …

A wonderful article for the New Year-it makes me want to tackle my own weaknesses as a coach even more.


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That was awesome!!! Very well said.


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Blair, good article. I'd be curious how you think about this individual responsibility beyond fitness. I believe owning your choices and their consequences lets get an honest assessment and improve. Until we realize that we are responsible for our choices and probably 90% of what happens to us you will feel like a victim. Good TED talk about this at:


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Another great "Fitness Is..." article. Keep them coming.


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Frank DiMeo wrote …

Thank you! If a person is looking for an excuse, any excuse will do; it doesn't even have to be a "good" one.
Sometimes I hear an excuse so ridiculous, I usually respond with, "Come on, you don't even believe that one.".


Jeff Barnett wrote …

One of the best CFJ articles I've read in a long time. Thanks.


Joseph Alexander wrote …

Great to see an article from you, Blair. I whole heartedly embrace the lack of accountability in todays world. The greatest attribute of a CrossFitter is that they know you don't get something for nothing. I close every seminar with this statement of fact. It is through trial, tribulation, and deprivation that we all reset ourselves and are able to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Friends, family, hot food, and a dry, warm place to sleep. Amundsen..."the greatest adaptation is between the ears." Hail the intangibles developed in pursuit of deficiencies. I hope all is well. Sincerely, Joe


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This is one of the best articles I've read on the CFJ to date. Not because it contains any revolutionary concepts, but because it whittles important concepts to their most simple level, then throws them in our face in a way that makes them hard to ignore.


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This is going to be one of my favorite quotes. I think it sums up the entire article:
"I love fitness because it’s a results-based pursuit, the purest
form of meritocracy. You set goals and you reach them. Or
you don’t. No list of excuses will ever change the fact that
you didn’t make the time, lose the weight or prevent the
heart attack."
Great article.


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Love It. People have such a hard time understanding the basic concept that nobody cares if it's harder for one than another. Get it done or don't it's up to you. I don't give shit.

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