July 28 2014
Congrats to the 2014 CrossFit Games Champions Rich Froning and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet!
CrossFit for Competition or for Fitness?
Every year around The CrossFit Games I get flooded with questions about Games competitors – Why do they look the way they do, good or bad? How do they train? Shouldn’t I train like that? and so on.
The real question that most MTM athletes struggle with is: Should I do CrossFit for Competition or should I do it for Fitness?
CrossFit for Competition is about getting as good as possible to throwdown in local to national to Games level competitions. It is a sport. It is not about making yourself look good. It is not about being safe.
CrossFit for Fitness is about using CrossFit training to enrich our lives. To lose body fat, gain strength, be active and join a community of like-minded people. Everyone can do CrossFit for Fitness – Kids to Grandparents, D1 Athletes to Someone who’s never worked out a day in their life.
There are some very distinct points between the two:
Competition demands that we get as good as possible as fast a possible. Most Games athletes train 3-4 hours a day. They lift heavy and ALL the time. They eat a lot of food to support their training. Many see recovery specialists (Chiro, PTs, Massage, etc.) on a weekly basis. Their bodies adapt to the rigorous demands of that training – which for men and women usually includes a significant amount of muscle and going UP in clothing size.
Fitness is about gradual and sustained improvement for life. CrossFit training for Fitness doesn’t demand that you go hard every single day – in fact you probably shouldn’t. It makes CrossFit a part of who you are but not THE only thing you are. CrossFit becomes a tool in our journey of Fitness, an excellent tool but just a tool none-the-less. In order to build the fit and functional body and life we want we have to use multiple tools like building a house. Strength training, CrossFit Metcons, Low Intensity Cardio, Mobility, Traditional Resistance Training, Nutrition, Sports, Rest, and Recovery all have their place in the tool chest. It takes time not only to build our selves up but also to adjust our plans when they’re not working any longer and to chase that continual balance of activities that help us reach our goals.
At MTM we can train for either. If you want to compete we can train for that. If you want general fitness we can train for that. When we need to adjust our plan we have tons of options to find what works for you. Maybe 3 days of CrossFit and a day of lifting in Open Gym is best for you. Maybe you decide that you want to put on size so you lift 3 days a week following our Oly Program and do CrossFit WODs just twice a week. Maybe you do a couple WODs a week, take a long slow run, and do a class at MTM Fitness. You are an individual and we need to work a unique plan to reach our goals.
Have questions about what you should do and what’s best for you? Come ask. Find me at the gym or shoot me an email [email protected]
1RM Back Squat
30 Turkish Get Ups (1.5/1p)
Oly Wk5/D1 – We’ll be deloading next week.
Max reps Back Squat (80%) (Do this instead of 1RM)
5×3 BTN push press (Heavier than last week)
5×3 Snatch Balance (+5lbs over last week)
3×5 Stiff Leg Dead Lift (105% of 1RM Clean)