When it comes to strength and the CrossFit athlete, one thing is undeniable: everything else equal, a stronger athlete is a better athlete.
The most obvious example of this is when testing athletes for a one-rep max, much like Powerlifting. At the 2020 CrossFit Games, athletes competed in the CrossFit Total, which seeks to find the sum of an athlete’s max back squat, deadlift, and strict shoulder press. In events like this, the stronger athlete wins; there’s no question about that. These types of events embody the definition of absolute strength – the ability to produce force against resistance.