Just thinking the other day about this sig line from Steven Low:
One of the universal truths is this (...) It takes a small amount of work for good initial gains, but a huge amount of work to get that last little bit.
This is what they call "beginner's gains" in bodybuilding (maybe other places too). I made excellent beginner's gains on SS; after a year or so, I had added over 100lbs to all my compound lifts, putting me between the intermediate/advanced sections of Rippetoe's strength charts
for my BW.
As for stamina, I'm now learning the same lesson; beginner's gains come rapidly. Soon, I'm sure, they'll taper off, but for now my times are dropping like crazy. Endurance I'm not sure about, and that's why I recently posted
The principle seems to be that you can relatively quickly get to the beginner's gains peak
, after which you get less and less for your effort.
may not sound like much, but actually it's respectable. Rippetoe says (in the previously linked document)
The intermediate level...represents a high level of performance at a recreational level.
For me, it is far
stronger than I have ever needed
to be, far stronger than anyone at my gym, or any of my friends. So I'm thinking that, really, intermediate
, "a high level of performance at a recreational level," is all you need if your goal is the common goal of simply "being in shape," or what we call GPP.
In terms of the "3 pathways," or the "10 skills" listed in What is Crossfit
, I estimate it takes around a year to reach the beginner's gains peak
. The questions that I'd like to put up for discussion are:
1. What's the least
amount of effort you need to get there for each pathway/skill? (Thinking in terms of efficiency, not laziness.)
2. What's the least
you need to do to maintain it once you get there? (Since fitness, after all, is only one aspect of life, and time saved could be devoted to friends, loved ones, artistic/personal fulfillment, etc.)