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Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:
15 Chest to bar pull-ups
30 second Ring L-sit hold

The Hopper

Last week we discussed CrossFit’s four models of fitness and detailed the first.  Today, we’ll talk about the second model of fitness – the hopper.  To catch-up check out last week’s post!

At CrossFit Roots, we have a lot of fitness.  Yup, there’s a lot of it floating around.  But what exactly are we trying to do with all that fitness?  A lot of you could spout off a number of specific goals you have for your fitness but at the heart of the matter the fact is the design of the program is supposed to prepare you for, well, anything and everything.

The idea is that a well-rounded constantly varied program will yield an athlete that could perform (at the very least) moderately well at any task that was pulled from a hopper.

For example, while you guys spend many an hour doing deadlifts, thrusters, and pull-ups, the idea is that you would still be able to get yourself up Mt. Sanitas, and realtively quickly, should you need or desire to.

Some of you have experienced the hopper model for yourself.  You do nothing all winter long but CrossFit, you hop on your bike after a long hiatus, and magically, you’ve still got some pretty solid riding legs under you!  This can not be said for many individuals and the best examples are ourselves, before we found CrossFit.

Some of us used to ride for hours on end and sure, we could ride a bike, but we couldn’t perform even moderately well at any strength based task such as squatting.

So to recap, CrossFit’s second model of fitness is the hopper.  In this model it is theorized that through a CrossFit training program an athlete could perform moderately well at any task pulled from a wide variety of tasks and exercises yet a sports specialist would do very well at a few tasks but do miserably in all the remaining tasks.

Have you had a hopper like experience with your CrossFit training?  Did you call upon your fitness in an unexpected way with great results?  Post to comments.