UFC 150 was here in Denver this past weekend. Always an interesting spectacle for any kind of fan of athletics and sport. As a coach, I'm always amazed at the discrepancy in the area of General Physical Preparedness - GPP. It's something we specialize in in CrossFit. It's also something that for many fighters is a weak link - their sport specific training (boxing drills, for example) have been prioritized over GPP to the extent that you regularly see fighters looking just exhausted in round 2 of a three round fight. This would be inexcusable from a coaching standpoint. However, you often see this lack of GPP disappear as you move up in ranks towards people that are title contenders. Saturday night's lightweight championship bout between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson could have easily gone on for another 2-4 rounds at the same, or relatively same pace - these guys just don't get tired. Post fight, Henderson, who retained his title in a split decision, said he'd be willing to fight 7 rounds for the title. Partly it's because he knows very few challengers have put in the work to stay with his pace for 7 rounds. Both Henderson's and Frankie's GPP is stellar.
Takeaway- wanna fight for the title? Your GPP better be dialed. You not only need to be the most skilled athlete to enter the ring - you have to be the most metabolically prepared to handle the domains, and then some, of your sport.
WOD for 120813:
15 minutes to practice or test a Tall Snatch. DEMO VIDEO
12 minute AMRAP of:
50 Double-Unders 7 Burpees *Add 7 Burpees every round (Rd. 2-14 Burpees, Rd. 3-21 Burpees, etc).
Mobility WOD Challenge day 18: free your scap.