“What actually is strength?” Seminar Staff Flowmaster Chuck Carswell asks during a lecture on technique with a group of young people at CrossFit South Philly.
The lecture was part of a two-day Scholarship Level 1 Certificate Course held at the Philadelphia gym on March 27, 2021, in partnership with Steve’s Club and the Green Beret Project. The course is sponsored by The CrossFit Scholarship Program, which seeks to spark meaningful healthcare changes in underrepresented and underserved communities by providing free access to the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course.
Carswell argues strength is an important part in any discussion on technique and explains, “We often find that strength has been defined as contractile potential or the ability to exert force on an object.”
CrossFit, on the other hand, defines strength as “the productive application of force.” Here, Carswell explains why that nuancing of the definition matters.