Build your Pyramid

Build your Pyramid

When CrossFit was created, one of the first things that was presented to explain the core of the methodology was the pyramid that is pictured here.  The pyramid is a display of what CrossFit considers to be the level of importance of the various components that make up its practices.

The base is Nutrition—that makes sense—Nutrition is the base for all performance—not just fitness, but for all of us.  Following that is Metabolic Conditioning, Gymnastics, Weightlifting and finally the application of the previous four, Sport. 

It’s an incredibly simple and logical way to assign need and clarify the level of importance that these pieces are to the application of CrossFit.

  • Eat good food
  • Condition
  • Perform Gymnastics
  • Lift weights
  • Play sports.

There are other pyramids in existence as well.  The Food Pyramid is probably the best known.  A hierarchy of foods and a theoretical amount of each to eat every day.

Knowing that Pyramids can simply and effectively offer a foundation and succession of the importance of various things in our lives, the question becomes:

What is your pyramid?

As constructed, these type of pyramids have five layers.

So, what would your 5 layers look like?

What would the foundation be?

Maslow’s hierarchy of Needs looks like this:

It does cover “needs”.  Do you have a pyramid for your needs?

How about wants?

What is important to you?

How many pyramids do you need to build the life you want?

Would you have a

  • Family Pyramid
  • Career
  • Fitness
  • Relationships
  • Hobbies

Or would all of that be covered in one pyramid?

Take a moment, and think about what is important to you.

Ask yourself what you are focused on, and what you would need to do to achieve that goal?

Now list the things that you need to do to achieve that goal.

What’s the foundational element?

What is next in importance?

You can use this pyramid format to construct a level of importance of the things in your life and help build a strong foundation of habits that can move you intentionally to your goals.


All the best!


The Aestus Team

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