I am even more convinced that most trainers, CF boxes and coaches haven’t got a clue how to train athletes. There is so much priority given to random variability that there is no consistency in training, methodology, mode, frequency, duration, intensity, etc…..Here is a secret that is no secret, come close. Training for adaptation requires methodical, gradual, linear progression to achieve the maximum results over time! Human physiology hasn’t changed in hundreds of years and definitely not in our lifetimes.
Why the rant? I am so tired of seeing blogs and programming from CF websites that just don’t make sense. And here’s the real kicker, people keep doing it, getting injured, buying the hype and then thinking they are next best thing to hit the strength and conditioning world. How do you know your fit? Test it! Fitness is built over time and lots of it. Now, that does not mean that I don’t believe in GPP and some variability in training, but strength and mobility should be the FOUNDATION of any program. Without these two fitness variables, we are lost!
The average and even more advanced athlete doesn’t need chains, strength bands, box squats, etc, etc, etc….Sure it’s sexy and makes you feel like a rockstar in the box, but those are strength and power techniques developed in the power lifting and weightlifting world which are end user techniques. Why not build a solid foundation first, reach your peak with basic quality programming, and then become more creative as needed. Oh, I get it, there is a great need to “sex up” what we do and CF coaches want to provide the newest thing to their membership. The problem here is that it’s not appropriate for most of their athletic consumer base.
So, why not stick to the basics, get strong, get mobile, and then test it! Do some local competitions in your box our at another box. See what you got. Or just test it through LIFE! Is what you’re doing in your fitness regime generating the lifestyle capacity you need to live a productive life? That’s also a good test. Now get out there and get you some!