Sunday 6.30.13

Matt posted this article from Jon Gilson last week on our Facebook Page.  Gilson works for and owns Again Faster Equipment.  One of the big things we hear (and he probably hears more since he teaches the CF Level 1 seminars) is that the one Workout of the Day is not enough after you've been doing CrossFit for a certain amount of time (often starting around the 6 months to 1 year mark).  I totally understand this thinking, when I first found CrossFit I would do the WOD at the end of my hour and a half weightlifting session and usually bump the weight up because 95 lbs on "Fran" just isn't heavy enough, right?

Keep in mind, in the article he is not talking about low intensity skill work you may do before or after a WOD.   Rather he is talking about the 2, 3, or 4 intense workouts in a day that many people see Rich Froning (and other athletes who are genetically gifted, with a perfect idea of what their body needs for food and fuel, with years of training at a collegiate level or higher level) do to train for the CrossFit games.  Often times, outside of training for something specific, if you are doing more than one WOD a day, you probably could have gone with more intensity in the first WOD and been done  You are, whether you know it or not, saving something in the tank for the next workout.  "Go hard, then go home" and recover.  Enjoy the article:

Last Sunday, I gave the Programming lecture at an L1 in Boston.

After going through six days of well-balanced workouts, aimed specifically at general physical preparation, the cornerstone of the CrossFit method, I was approached by an aspiring Games competitor.

"I can tell that's not enough for me," he said, the implication that the workouts we'd programmed represented insufficient volume and skill development for him to progress as an athlete.

The WODs, in order:
Push Press
Filthy Fifty
Six Rounds for Time: Row 250m, 15 Wall Ball

He saw low volume, low coordination movement, and assumed inadequacy. He was wrong.

The vast majority of your training time, regardless of your aim, should be spent at general physical preparation, embodied in simple couplets and triplets, strength training, and the occasional long-duration effort. Short, hard, intense.

This intensity is much more important than volume. Remarkably more important.

For the newer trainee, this means no two-a-days, no four-WOD Saturdays. No flash-in-the-pan volume accumulation.

Volume accumulation, the method by which athletes are able to endure ever-more reps within any given time period, is not the product of a week of training. It is the product of a lifetime of
training, years of consistent focus.

Competitors must treat intensity and volume accumulation like two different things, each with a different trajectory. Intensity is created in the moment, embodied through intelligent programming that allows for maximum output. Volume is accumulated over months and years, an extraordinarily gradual layering of intense workout upon intense workout.

Don't confuse the two.

If intensity and volume accumulation are confounded, the result is generally setback: injury, movement deficiency, short-term success at long-term cost.

I see it constantly, the rapid preparation for a looming contest consisting of a sudden, massive increase in volume, imposing huge loads on unprepared physiology.

Hear me now. If you're an aspiring Games competitor without years of volume accumulation through high school and collegiate training, without significant time under a skilled, veteran CrossFit coach, and you pursue volume with aplomb, you're going to crush yourself.

Stop setting your sights on the 2014 Games. Aim at 2016, 2017, 2018. Give yourself adequate time to develop a base of general physical preparation, to identify and remedy your movement deficiencies at their root level, to acquire new skills, to accumulate volume in a sensical way.

Go hard, and then go home. Be consistent in your training, but never overzealous in frequency. Never confuse simplicity with inadequacy. Never confuse volume with intensity.

Success is a lifetime pursuit. Treat it that way.

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