Fitness as defined by CrossFit is a set of 10 physical components – Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance and Accuracy.
Fitness doesn’t just mean doing what you can do as quickly as possible. In fact, most of your gains come from the struggle of trying to do things you can’t. As a child, you had to learn to sit, walk, climb trees, ride a bike, kick a ball, etc. As a adult we continue that with learning handstands, rope climbs, odd objects, single side overhead squats etc. Working on new motor skills keeps us young and healthy.
“There’s no success without struggle.” When you’re struggling, you’re getting fitter.
We tend to forget just how good we have it in CrossFit, as we constantly compare ourselves to Mat Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir, but we’re so far ahead of not only those still using smith machines and elipticals, not to mention everyone on the couch.
Finally, fitness is the ability to live the life you want outside the gym. If you need to run to the bus you can. If you want to play a game of tag rugby, or go hiking, you. In that respects – Fitness is Freedom