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One of the statements that caught my attention when I first found CrossFit in 2004 was that nature punishes the specialist.

Over the years I have learned from numerous coaches and athletes who are very accomplished in their respective sports, whether it is Powerlifting, Strongman, Underground,  Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit and more.

In the overall scheme of things we need to make a distinction between training just for general fitness and training for a competitive sport.

Being able to lift, run, swim, climb, jump, carry, fight, etc. are all part of a generalized approach to fitness.

This approach can be extremely useful in daily life, especially as the world gets crazier, it seems, every day. You never know what you might encounter, and this is a way to be better prepared.

However, if you a competitor, it is vital to be a specialist in your sport. The things that are great for generalized fitness will not be helpful, for example, in getting a big total in Powerlifting.

It is important to know why you are training and what your goals are before you begin your training journey.

If you are already training, and decide to change from generalized fitness to a competitive lifting sport, you will need to dial in your training to fit that new goal.

Make smart choices and follow through on them.


There is a tremendous disconnect between many Powerlifters and CrossFitters.

It’s like everything shuts down when even the name is mentioned of the “other” type of training. There is a lot of immaturity shown by both sides in that.

My own personal experience has shown that Powerlifting can be a  huge  asset to most any strength sport, including CrossFit.

In fact, all the “Big 3” lifts were taught within CrossFit at the beginning. Somewhere along the line that changed.

At my gym, Powerlifting is an important part of our training, along with Olympic Weightlifting and Strongman.

Can someone tell why double-unders are considered more functional than the bench press?

People whose survival depends on being strong, like in prison, probably would choose the bench press.

Remember what Coach Glassman originally taught about “broad, general, and inclusive” fitness. He didn’t say except for ________________ (fill in the blanks).

It’s your choice, but we will keep Powerlifting!


I have been around CrossFit for over a decade. My original training was at the first CrossFit ever, in Santa Cruz, CA. The head instructor was the founder himself, Greg Glassman and he had a number of top coaches doing different sections of the presenting. For instance, incredible Mike Burgener taught the Olympic Weightlifting segment.

As the three day event unfolded, we learned about numerous methods of getting strong and fit. Mark Rippetoe taught the three Powerlifts–squat, deadlift, and bench press.

Fast forward to the present time and you will still see the squat and deadlift regularly but you will  rarely see the bench press being done in a CrossFit gym. Why is that?

I learned at the beginning of CrossFit that it was “broad, general, and inclusive fitness” and that sought to “improve work capacity across broad time and modal domains”.

To me that doesn’t mean dropping a great exercise like the bench press! We still bench press on a regular basis at my gym and will continue to do so. It is a great strength-building exercise!