Varied Not Random #34 – The “Hopper” model, explained

Episode 34 of the Varied Not Random podcast is available now!

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Adrian & Pat continue their discussion & exploration of the various models of fitness from the “What is Fitness?” article which was published in 2002. The first model, The 10 General Physical Skills was covered in VNR episode 32. In today’s show they discuss “The Hopper”, which is the second model. What is the Hopper? How is it used? What does it tell us? Should it guide our training? These questions & much more are answered.

Recent Episodes


Adrian & Pat speak with John Mack, the owner of All Level CrossFit in Windsor, Ontario Canada. CrossFit All Levels opened in 2013, but in 2018 they started a special class for Adaptive Athletes. This class originally had one member who had Down Syndrome, but has significantly grown over the years. Adrian & Pat interview John as he shares how the program started, lessons learned as it evolved, and how it looks today.


Adrian & Pat talk about “The 10 General Physical Skills” found in the 2002 CrossFit Journal article entitled, “What is Fitness?”. The 10 General Physical Skills are presented as one of several models used to define fitness. All 10 skills are identified & defined. Adrian & Pat discuss if any one skill is more important than another and/or if all 10 are of precisely the same importance. How the skills are developed is covered, as well as the difference between training & practice.

About the Podcast

Hosted by Pat Sherwood & Adrian Bozman, each episode is packed with insightful & actionable information aimed at people passionate about CrossFit, health & fitness, as well as general strength & conditioning. If you are an athlete, coach, gym owner or simply enjoy improving yourself & those around you through fitness, you’ve come to the right place.

About Pat

Pat Sherwood has held credentials up to & including being a Level 4 CrossFit Coach. He worked for CrossFit, Inc for 14 years in various roles including media, health & seminar staff. He is married with 3 kids. He is the owner of CrossFit Linchpin, enjoys ice cream & hates handstand push-ups.

About Boz

Boz started dabbling with CrossFit at the end of 2004 and got his L1 in early 2006. He has coached at:

  • San Francisco CrossFit: 2006-2011
  • CrossFit Brisbane (Australia): 2011
  • Huntress CrossFit/The Tuxedo Social club (his low-key garage-gym ): 2014-2021

He’s also worked for CrossFit from 2007-present in various roles on the Seminar team, Education department and the CrossFit Games. “I love this stuff!”

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