Power Output

 

Joc on her way to an 8:13 Helen. It doesn't get much faster than that.

Joc on her way to an 8:13 Helen. It doesn't get much faster than that.

 

CrossFit likes to talk about power output a lot.  Thus the formula Weight x Distance/Time=Power.  At CrossFit, we want to move large loads long distance quickly.  This goal influences both our choice of movements and the manner in which we perform them.  As we all know, multi-joint functional movements are our desired exercises.  A heavy deadlift moves a much greater weight a further distance than a curl or a pushup.  Therefore the deadlift has a much greater power output.  So does a squat or a thruster or a muscle up.  Power output is why the kipping pullup reigns over the deadhang pullup.

This nicely corresponds with the strength and power bias that we preach (and practice) at CF West.  Power output is the reason WODs like Grace will prepare one for Fran or Diane, or a fight or a fire or bursting into a sprint when you see your car about to get ticketed, better than a WOD like the Filthy Fifty.

Have some fun with the formula WxD/T=P.  Fool around with it a bit.  Learning the scientific underpinnings of CrossFit will only broaden your understanding of programming and movement.

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Workout:

Do the WOD that you think has the most power output.

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