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In the CrossFit community, our coaches continually reinforce the importance of functional fitness. Whether you’ve heard the concept expressed as “high intensity functional movement”, “being ready for the unknown and unknowable”, “shirking decrepitude”, or some other variation of the phrase, the basic premise is the same: if you perform regular maintenance on your body, you’ll be able to enjoy a fuller and more satisfying life.

Strong First Athletics, an organization and community that seems to be in violent agreement with us CrossFitters about the importance of functional fitness, has chosen an awesome expression for this same concept, and they call it tactical strength. This particular choice of words is powerful, because it appeals to our innate desire to be strong, especially in demanding (tactical) situations. The desire to be able to perform under duress is rooted deeply in the human psyche and has a tremendous impact on our confidence levels in all aspects of life. After all, who doesn’t want to be strong?

If you’re interested in putting your tactical strength (or functional fitness) to the test with Strong First, the “worldwide brotherhood and sisterhood of iron”, you can learn more and sign up for the next Tactical Strength Challenge that’s taking place somewhere near you on October 31.

We’re glad to be part of the team that’s helping to make it happen this year and looking forward to the test ourselves!

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