Are you improving your overall fitness or just a narrow band?

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Are you improving your overall fitness or just a narrow band?

Professional Football (American) Player

Professional Football (American) Player

Warm-up: 500m Row, Pec Stretch, Hip Opener, CFWU x1

Squat: 1RM

MetCon – Death by Pull-ups:
1 Pull-up the 1st Minute
2 Pull-ups the 2nd Minute
Continue until failure of required pull-ups in the minute

Finisher: Max set of ring push-ups

Cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, accuracy, and balance.  Those are the ten skills that make up our definition of fitness.  You are only as fit as your weakest skill in that list.  We are trying to get you all closer to 10 out of 10 in each component.

How would an elite Olympic lifter score on a scale of 1 to 10 in these categories?  What about a power lifter, NFL linebacker, marathon runner?  How did you score before you joined us?  How do you score now?

To give you an idea of scoring: an elite level rower would score 10 in cardiovascular endurance and an Olympic sprinter would rate a 10 in power AND speed.  Taylor would score 7 in strength; Jonathan Kerr would finish with a 2 in flexibility.  Leanne Morgan would score a 10 in humor; and CBo would be off the scale in sexiness.

I just want to be really good at everything,
Coach G



Olympic Lifter

Olympic Lifter



Olympic-level Gymnast

Olympic-level Gymnast

P.S. – Why does everyone think marathoners are the fittest people on the planet???

By | 2017-04-25T14:39:57+00:00 February 16th, 2010|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|31 Comments


  1. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I don’t think a scale of 1-10 is sufficient to describe Taylor’s power. Maybe after 10 we could have a level named “Gorilla” to adequately quantify it?

  2. Taylor February 16, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I appreciate the strength comparison. However, it fails on a few levels. 1. Gorillas eat bananas, I eat raw meat. 2. Gorillas are very hairy, I am not. 3. Gorillas walk predominately on 4 legs, I walk on 2 (most of the time) and most importantly 4. Gorillas are not as good at screaming during deadlifts

  3. Taylor February 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Also, everyone knows marathoners are NOT the fittest athletes on the planet. Bodybuilders are…

  4. Kerr February 16, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I liked the guido-looking one’s 3 ft broad jumps… impressive athleticism.

    @G, I figured I would have at least progressed to a 2.2 or 2.5 on a 10 scale by now. This unnecessary shot has taken a toll on my confidence and I’d be surprised if I could reach a -7 on a 10 scale if I were to train today :-(

  5. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Grant – In all seriousness, how would we determine, for example, the most “powerful” athlete at the gym? Technically, power is work over time, so it’s not necessarily the strongest person. Thoughts?

  6. James February 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Crossfitters are the fittest people on any planet.

  7. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

    What about Planet Fitness?

  8. Jeff February 16, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Since when is Ohio State a professional football team?

  9. Grant Scalf February 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Since he went on to play professionally in the NFL.

  10. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

    So technically, that picture is not of a professional football (american) player. It is a college player who, in a later picture, could be accurately labeled as professional.

    Don’t mislead us, GRANT.

  11. Doug Be Trainin February 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

    James, not on the Planet of the Apes.

  12. Taylor February 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Your determination to demand the highest levels of accuracy at the expense of Grant’s self-esteem is just one more reason why I enjoy this blog. Thank you Crossfit Ktown.

    Love, Taylor

  13. Taylor February 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    @Doug Be Trainin
    So Doug, the conclusion would be that Charlton Heston is the fittest person on any planet

  14. Amanda February 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    My answer to any question that starts with “Who is the ________est person on the planet” is always…………….Chuck Norris.

  15. Amanda February 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Fill in the blank with any adjetive. I realize that part may have been missed. :-)

  16. Jessie February 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Haha Amanda…perfect Chuck Norris insert

  17. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Is Chuck Norris the “girly” est person on any planet?

    Chances are, Chuck Norris already knows I posted this and is on his way to kill me, was nice knowing everyone.

  18. forrest February 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    @ brandon
    in an effort to answer your question i created this metcon that will settle all debates.
    run 1 mile, then do linda, then 20 muscles ups. sound fair?

  19. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    How will that help me?

    Also, I bet I could do that sub-30~

  20. Taylor February 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    self call

  21. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Self call?

  22. crossfitktown February 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    1. self call

    Dartmouth term. Calling another out with regards to sentiments meant to draw quantities of positive attention to oneself.

    -From Urban Dictionary


  23. crossfitktown February 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    And Brandon…in all seriousness:

    To determine the most powerful athlete at the gym we could do a couple of things. The first would be have a max snatch competition. This movement displaces the most weight the furthest distance in the shortest amount of time (which I hear has a lot to do with physic’s definition of power). The other way, CrossFit’s way (whether right or wrong is a long discussion/argument), would be to run random events/MetCons with different movements (modal domains) and random energy pathway taxing (time domains). The person winning the most is usually moving some weight some distance the quickest.

    Herein lies the problem though. There are standards, techniques, segment lengths, range of motion, styles, and several other nuances that have to be carefully dissected if you were to put an actual hard science number to it.

    I say just eat well, sleep much, train right and let the pieces fall where they may. (Meaning Taylor wins.)


  24. crossfitktown February 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    That would also be average power, btw. We are interested in both though.


  25. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Could just have a wrestling match?

    Taylor still wins though =/

  26. crossfitktown February 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Little do you know but Blake has been sparring with Taylor lately. I think if we took the gloves off it would be a good fight.

  27. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Is 26 comments a record?

  28. forrest February 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    sub 30 on that? that would be impressive. of course i could rearrange it and make you do mu’s, then linda, then run. think you still have that sub 30 then?

  29. Brandon February 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I was mostly kidding, sub-30 would be insane. The MUs (wherever they are) won’t be a problem. But I think the most difficult order would be run, MUs, Linda, for what it’s worth.

  30. forrest February 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    yeah the muscle ups were just to get the tris and shoulders ready for some squat cleans…the run @ the end was to see just how those legs felt after the aforementioned squat cleans

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