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By February 24, 2010CFMC Blog Archives

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The 10 General Physical Skills CHALLENGE

You’ve seen ’em up on the whiteboard, you’ve read about ’em in the CrossFit Journal and you’ve heard me reference them a million times. There’s a reason they’re all over the place – they’re important. I’m talking about the 10 General Physical Skills, as named by Jim Crawley and Bruce Evans of Dynamax (the makers of everyone’s favorite medicine balls, or as I recently heard them called, “CrossFit Stuffed Animals”). For those of you playing the home game, the skills are cardio/respiratory endurance, strength, stamina, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, accuracy, agility and balance. And competency in each of them is CrossFit’s first standard for fitness.

It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to see that a lack in any one of these skills could cost you the game, your mission, or even your life. But what do they mean? How do they affect you? How can you get better in each of them? Over the next several days (10, to be exact), I’ll take you on a guided tour of the 10 General Physical Skills so that YOU TOO can be an expert.

Read them carefully, because there will be pop quizzes each day at the gym. Answer the question right and I’ll do 10 burpees. Answer it wrong and YOU’LL do 10 burpees. This challenge will be cumulative, meaning that any skills previously addressed are fair game. And the best part of this whole thing is that you’re already entered in the challenge! Oh happy day!!

This is a chance to make me do a shitload of burpees. Take advantage of it, because it may not come up again for awhile (since I hate burpees). The challenge begins on Friday Feb 26 – you’ve been warned.

Today’s WOD:

For time:

40 Handstand Pushups

Every time you have to stop, do 10 situps

  • Coach Waterworth

    Oh joy, handstand push-ups. Just what I was hoping for after the worst day of standard push-ups of my life!

    If this goes as I think it might, I’ll probably be doing ~400 sit-ups. YES! Thank the lord for GPP or I’d be cursing someone out right about nowish.

    Thanks Tai, looking forward to it. I wont be able to get to the gym until about 1 though, looks like you’ll have to do this with me.

  • eric

    Yes!!! A test on the 10 General Physical Skills… I love multiple choice!!
    Thanks Tai!

  • Mark

    Isn’t one of the physical skills based on Fudds Law of opposition – “if you push something hard enough it will fall over…” First hit upon by scientist Sir Sidney Fudd when he accidentally knocked his wife down the stairs.