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Strength is the ability of a muscular unit (or a combination or units) to apply force. This is of course, a technical definition with little to no application in the real world. In CrossFit we define strength as “the productive application of force,” because we have found greater value in being able to move our bodies or an external object from point A to point B than we have in being able to perform a preacher curl with a 100 lb barbell. Becoming strong at the functional movements upon which CrossFit is based is what makes you a badass. Great big biceps alone do not.

“The processes involved in building strength involve muscle, bone, connective tissue, and endocrine systems as well as the neuromuscular system, and the remodeling of these tissues takes time. Strength acquisition requires a much more profound change in physiology than that which accompanies the learning of a movement pattern, and the processes that bring about this change do their work over months and years, not just weeks.” -Mark Rippetoe

Be patient about your deadlift goal, your first pullup or your first muscle-up. It’s not an easy target to hit, but I assure you it’s entirely worthwhile.

Paleo Challenge Note:

Don’t forget to send in your final week’s Paleo Challenge log; the deadline is Saturday night. Results will be announced on Monday.

  • Mark.B

    “If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.” Fudds 1st law of opisition.