In Iceland “Fullsterkur” means full strength. It was a designation given to the heaviest stones and the men who had to lift them in order to earn their place on the fishing boats. The “Fullsterkur” stone weighed in at a whopping 338.8lbs (154 kg). The minimum weight a man would have to lift in order to earn his place on the boat was a stone weighing 118.8lbs (54kg). Thus, being strong was important if you wanted to earn a full share and provide for your family. Not to be outdone, Icelandic women were also known for their amazing strength. the women of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, would carry loads of laundry three miles, wash them and then carry them back another three miles. Strength, in all its different facets, was the key to survival in the Icelandic community.
As humanity has developed throughout history, physical strength has become less critical to our daily existence, but no less important to our lives. Previously, our physical strength determined how much food we ate and how we survived, it now merely determines how well we function in our modern society. Even in our safe, suburban society, strength still comes in handy. One way to get back to our roots is through strength training. Strength training makes muscles stronger, it also helps to strengthen bones. It also teaches you about discipline, resilience, and humility. Strength training is also beneficial to your mind.
Full strength is not only limited to physical strength. You also have to be mentally strong to endure the toughest times in life. There is new research that shows strength training produces changes in the brain. These changes make people feel better. During my time in college I came across a Latin phrase that has stayed with me until this day: mens sana in corpore sano (sound mind in a sound body). Thus, it is a noble pursuit to be both physically and mentally strong.
In order to be successful at CrossFit, you must be Fullsterkur. You must have the physical and mental drive to complete tough workouts. We could all benefit from being at full strength. After all, being strong means being anti-fragile.