Gestalt

Nadia; squatting for two.

There is a psychological term called gestalt. It is German, so you want to say it as if you are kind of clearing your throat, and its modern usage dates to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  I like the term a lot, not because of its literal meanings of form or shape, but because of its English meaning of unified whole.

And that is what CrossFit means to me.  It is, in its practice, theory, and, most importantly, application, gestalt.  Remember, gestalt is a combination of elements so unified as a whole that it is more than the sum of its parts.  To me, that is exactly what CrossFit is.  A myriad of exercises, all of which are designed to be a functional movement, combined in countless possibilities, executed at high intensity.  Couple with nutrition and mobility and recovery practices, and the result really is greater than the sum of the parts.  The result is a unified fitness and health that goes beyond strength, stamina, and aesthetic form.

There is gestalt therapy, gestalt psychology, gestalt prayer.  Now there is gestalt fitness. New t-shirt slogan?

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Workout:

Back Squat

5×5 (add 5 pounds to your last 5×5)

Then (variation of CFFB WOD):

10 Rounds

1 Kettlebell Clean

1 Snatch

1 Push Press

1 Snatch

1 Push Press

Repeat with other hand for 1 round. Do not let kettlebell rest on the ground.  Gents use 53, ladies 35 pounds.