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Chronic Disease: “We Have the Answer” by CrossFit Inc. - CrossFit Journal

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August 26, 2016

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CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman visits a Level 1 Certificate Course at CrossFit Silicon Valley to talk about how CrossFit is at the forefront of a revolutionary fight against the leading cause of death in the United States.

Chronic disease—including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer—accounts for 70 percent of the deaths in the United States every year, Glassman explains.

“Medicine has no answer,” he says. “You do.”

The answer is CrossFit, which provides people with non-medical health care that works: Regular training and good nutrition allow people to avoid chronic disease and live longer, fuller lives.

By defining fitness as “work capacity measured across broad time and modal domains,” CrossFit offers people a way to see quantifiable results, and by emphasizing that fitness and nutrition are inextricable, CrossFit leads people to make behavior changes that transform their bodies and minds.

“What you’re learning here this weekend is how to get a pass on chronic disease for yourself, your mates, your kids, your friends, your family,” Glassman explains.

Video by CrossFit Inc.

43min 41sec

Additional reading: “Fitness, Luck and Health” by CrossFit Inc. (adapted from lectures by Greg Glassman), published Aug. 16, 2016.

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5 Comments on “Chronic Disease: “We Have the Answer””


wrote …

Wisely said the coach. in my family I have seen the benefits that training can provide as well as the harmful effects of poor diet and sedentary lifestyle can end their health. I practice crossfit a year , but I still have my family diabetic and hypertensive people , and I want to take them to the crossfit, change their lives.


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I have read enough to begin to understand that there is a cleansing effect to be had from exercise. I am beginning to open the mental door to a level of activity that may bring about the physical changes that I previously thought would only be altered by internal changes through detoxing and rebuilding with alternative options. I would love to read more about what the Mayo clinic doctor had to say. Is there an article or something else you can point me too?

If it is indeed this easy to redirect the ship of chronic disease back towards health & fitness, there are gonna be a lot of PO'ed MD's in the unemployment line. I think I'm OK with that.


Chris Sinagoga wrote …


That was dope! I have no other words.


Chris Sinagoga wrote …

Now that I think about it, I have two questions.

1. Just out of curiosity, does this equation now overtake the "Work Capacity Across Broad Time and Modal Domains Through the Years" definition of Health?

2. I am a little confused with the Chronic disease classification. What exactly constitutes a disease to be chronic? And is cancer not currently considered a chronic disease?


wrote …

In a 2012 issue of Comprehensive Physiology an article entitled "Lack of Exercise is a Major Cause of Chronic Disease" (Booth, Roberts, and Laye) presents a lengthy review of medical literature supporting their title's claim around 35 chronic conditions. Here they are:

"accelerated biological aging/premature death, low cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2max), sarcopenia, metabolic syndrome, obesity, insulin resistance, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease, hypertension, stroke, congestive heart failure, endothelial dysfunction, arterial dyslipidemia, hemostasis, deep vein thrombosis, cognitive dysfunction, depression and anxiety, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, balance, bone fracture/falls, rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, polycystic ovary syndrome, erectile dysfunction, pain, diverticulitis, constipation, and gallbladder diseases"

This list accounts for about 75% of deaths in the US. The rest of the world is catching up quickly. It also accounts for about 86% of a runaway health expenditure.

My thesis is that the diet and exercise regimen that maximizes work capacity across broad time and modal domains will optimize the same individual's metabolism. I do not believe in a duality where kinematic performance optimizes from one stimulus and metabolism from a different one.

Constantly varied high intensity functional movement buttressed by a diet of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar increases work capacity across broad time and modal domains while simultaneously driving A1C, blood pressure, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, muscle mass, bone density, and body fat, each, towards health and away from pathology. Those markers are manifestation of chronic disease, probable symptom of chronic disease, or causal factors for chronic disease - or even all three (hypertension)! They are also the dependent variables of independent variables exercise and nutrition.

Those familiar with CrossFit concepts will recognize the above distills to "CrossFit is the answer to Chronic disease". It is. We are in unique possession of a super-elegant, maybe even optimal, solution to the world's most challenging problem.
Chronic disease is a deficiency syndrome. Symptomatic medical treatment as an alternative to addressing the root cause of missing essential behaviors and nutrition will be increasingly costly, ineffective, and cruel.

The solution is non-medical health care and most certainly is not medicine.

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