“Fall in love with the process and the results will come.” -Eric Thomas
Training by its very nature requires programming. Whether you are training for a specific sport or training for life, you need to follow a program. Crossfit by its very nature is one of the best and well-rounded exercise domains. A good program has a plan and a reason behind its structure. The program introduces stimuli in the form of exercises and tries to get a result that leads to building strength, better quality movement.
To ensure the best possible outcome it is important for the athlete to trust the program and to stay on program as much as possible. If you jump around from program to program, then you are training without a purpose and without belief. You will never achieve the purpose of the program. Similarly, cherry picking a workout is basically saying I don’t believe in this exercise or you just don’t like it because it’s your weakness.
In Crossfit, we say we train to be the ‘master of nothing’ but rather a ‘jack of all trades’. If you are training for a sport then you want to specify your training, but if your training for everyday life then train for everything like we do in our classes. The purpose of our program is to get you stronger, to increase your work capacity over broad times and modal domains, and most of all it’s about keeping you healthy.
Believe it or not there is a rhyme and reason for every workout. Some days are heavy, some days are light, some are long and some are short. Why? Because our program is constantly varied and that’s the way it should be. Imagine if everyday was heavy and long? Your body would never have a chance to recover, and if you don’t recover you don’t get stronger. Some days will be hard and some easy on purpose. Some will focus on strength and some will focus on skill. You may not like every work out but if you want to get your moneys worth you will get in as many days as you can and give as much effort as you can.
Everything is cyclical. Our sport has a season and it starts right after the Crossfit Open and culminates with the following Open. Our programming is set-up to peak come the end of February when we do those 5 workouts over 5 weeks. We focus on getting you stronger in the beginning, work on skills and then as we lead up to the Open we want to build the engine as much as possible. So some weeks it may seem we aren’t doing certain things while focusing on others. If you have paid attention to our program you should have noticed that right after the open we did a squat cycle, lately the programming has been centered around Olympic lifting and gymnastics skills like pull-ups, muscle-ups, handstands etc. However, we still will maintain our leg strength by squatting or deadlifting or lunges. The program will shift again soon focusing on something else and will continue on throughout our year.
So what we are saying is, follow the program and the results will come. In addition you can always take it upon yourself to work on stuff in your extra time. If you are wanting to get better at a skill like pull-ups or double unders then you need to spend time before or after class working on them. You can always ask a coach for help and tips on what to practice. As long as you are not disrupting the class use the gym to work on things. We want you all to get better. When there is a clinic/workshop make sure you attend, and be on the lookout for future postings about progressions about how to attain the skills you want. How bad do you want it? It is up to you to put in the work to get the results.