In some previous posts, I defined what it means to be a functionalist...
The functionalist is competitive by nature...whether in a contest against another human, disaster, circumstance, or self. The functionalist sees life from a cause-and-effect perspective...if I prepare, I will win. The functionalist is a stakeholder in his/her future. Having a broad skill set maximizes the chances of success.
Imagine the blending of a:
This "jack-of-all-trades" mentality is in direct contrast with that of being a skilled master in one or two aspects. In the sporting arena, being a specialist is critical for winning. A competitive marathoner has little incentive for maintaining upper body strength. Likewise, a basketball player does not need swim training. But in real life, humans need competence across a wide spectrum of physical fitness. According to the CrossFit Journal's "What is Fitness" article: There are ten recognized general physical skills. They are cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. I encourage you to read the selected CFJ articles listed in the right column of this blog. Start with What is Fitness. I do NOT agree with everything the CF community preaches, but the articles I linked to are worthwhile for anyone considering or participating in functional exercise.
Maintaining abilities within each of the ten listed physical skills has bettered my life. I challenge you to find your weaknesses. Then find a fitness program that helps you become a jack-of-all, and strive to be a master-of-many.