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CrossFit and GPP by Tony Leyland - CrossFit Journal

CrossFit and GPP

By Tony Leyland

In CrossFit, Reference

September 13, 2012

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Tony Leyland explains why general physical preparedness is a good thing for elite athletes and beginners.

These are exciting times for the avid CrossFitter.

The continued growth of the CrossFit Games, the Reebok sponsorship and the television advertisements have sparked the interest of thousands and thousands of people. Basically, more people will be introduced to a fantastic way of training because of this growth. However, a potential negative aspect of advertisements and Games success is that many will incorrectly view CrossFit as too intense, beyond their capability and as a sport for elite athletes.

I have written this article to provide some basic ammunition to convince people otherwise.

We all know this important quote from the “What is CrossFit?” page: “Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.”

The word “inclusive” is a key component of this sentence.

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