WORK MORE REST LESS
You may not think that there is rhyme or reason to our program, but that is far from the truth. Every workout that we post at One World has been well thought out and discussed. Ideally, we have a time frame/work load that we want accomplished.
I recently started posting all the One World workouts on a spreadsheet. It is divided into strength/short conditioning (8 minutes or less)/medium conditioning (8-14 minutes)/ and long conditioning (14+ minutes). I figured I would try and explain each category.
Strength- Not to hard to explain. It’s a cookie cutter strength training template. We will be doing lots of 5 x 5’s and 5 x 3’s. The goal is to keep track of how much you lift and then add to it the next time you do the same movement. For example, if I 5 x 3 back squat on Monday, and then 5 x 3 back squat on Thursday, I will attempt to do Thursday’s 5 x 3 back squat 10# heavier than the lift I did on Monday. Eventually, I won’t be able to hit my 5 x 3 back squat number. On the following session, I will drop 25# and start over. We will be doing lots of lifting like this so it is super important that you keep track of your numbers!
Short Conditioning- These are burners. I say less than 8 minutes, but often I am thinking the 5 minute range is perfect. Really all this type of workout is is a mental test. How much work can you do while taking the least amount of rest as possible? Do a burner as fast and as hard as possible, and you end up in a place that is no fun to go to. This type of workout is a necessary evil, but not the type of workout you need to do every single training session.
Medium Conditioning- These are the money workouts and where we spend most of our time. The time frame is generally 8-14 minutes. There is some rest expected to happen, but we are still at a range that permits us to do much more work than rest . You will get great results if you spend the majority of your time in the medium range coupled with a solid strength program.
Long Conditioning- These workout are anything over 20 minutes. If you are doing a variety of movements, expect to spend much more time resting. These workouts are good to do on occasion, but if you are resting more than you are working, what's the point? We keep these long workouts to a minimum.
CrossFit works because of the intensity. Intensity is your ability to perform as much work as possible in the least amount of time as possible. I often post a workout, and then get to the gym at the end of the day and check the results.There are always numerous times that are WAY over the time frame I intended.
What that means is that you are spending more of your time doing this:
And less of your time doing this:
Too much rest. Not enough work. You are not getting maximum results!
Think about this: If Fran can be done in 2 minutes (I've seen it on video) and you are taking 12 minutes to finish Fran, you are resting 5 times the amount of time your body is actually moving. Yikes!
From now on, I will post a time frame that we expect a workout should take. I think this will help all of you not only get better results, but learn about yourself both mentally and physically. Your job will be to understand your personal capabilities and scale accordingly. It will take some time. Most of you are just scratching the surface of what you are capable of doing and many of you have never trained like this before. Once you start hitting the workouts regularly in their intended time frame, you will be surprised at how fast you will improve.
More work....less rest.
Next time you consider scaling a workout (up or down) ask your coach what the intent of the workout is. If it's meant to be a Fran-like burner done in under 5:00, don't scale up so that it makes you triple the time. You're not getting the intended benefit from the workout. Heavier is not always better. If you're not training in the intended time frames with the intended exertion and intensity levels, then you're not getting all that you could from your training and probably not making the gains you are capable of either.