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February 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?

That question is one of the foundations of the CrossFit program, and asking it will make you question 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 installment, two-time CrossFit Games competitor Blair Morrison looks at fitness as protection from injury and illness, as well as how having a purpose will give meaning to your training.



5 Comments on “Fitness Is … Purpose and Defense”


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And he does it again. Keep em up bro. You're pumping out good stuff.


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I gotta side with Dan Johns - Fitness is the ability to do a task.


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Anyone interested in this article should check out Daniel Pink's book 'Drive' or this lecture in very cool animation ( It revolves around 'self-determination theory' which is an aspect of the 'Positive Psych' movement. Very interesting stuff which talks about the role of Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose in our valuing an activity or pursuit.


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Matt Miller was a swimmer at UVa who got in a horrible cycling accident a couple years ago. If it weren't for his elite level of fitness from collegiate swimming, he probably wouldn't have survived. Incredible story:


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Great article, Blair.

And while the blog referenced in the second-half your article is no longer actively updated, the original article may be found here:

And to answer the question "Why are you here?" I quote Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Sammy Davis, USA, who once remarked in a lecture I attended: "In the end, it's all about Love."

The intersection between CrossFit and Love is not so distant:

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