Oct 29 2014
Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about before starting our Beginner’s Classes Monday at 6:30PM!
Every now and then I come across something in my in box that is truly amazing to me. This week it came in the form of a new software system that guarantees to simplify everything I do and make me more money with less time working (!!! sounds super legit already). One of the things that “I’ll no longer have to worry about” is programming WODs for the gym if I only take them up on this amazing offer.
CrossFit founder Greg Glassman is known for saying that “the art is in the programming”. What does he mean by that? Programming is the art of CrossFit because the type and style of WODs, along with movements and intensity, will have a direct correlation to the effectiveness of a CrossFit gym. But consider, effective at what?
If one gym programs squatting heavy 4 or 5 times a week and every athlete makes 40lb squat PRs each month, is this an effective program? It depends on their goals. If the goal is big squat gains then YES. If the goal is fitting into your pants and having general inclusive fitness then NO.
At MTM we see our job as helping you reach your own PERSONAL goals. Coaching isn’t about getting what the coach wants from the athletes. It’s about helping athletes get what they want. Which brings me back to the opening line of this post. It’s amazing to me to think that somewhere a CrossFit gym is relying on free programming that isn’t specifically for their athletes. I’ve taken no fewer than 5 separate seminars where programming was covered in great detail. We’ve evaluated, analyzed, torn apart and put back together programs. The overall principle always comes back to – what is the goal? This doesn’t mean that I don’t borrow WODs from all types of places, i certainly do, but they fit the goals of a particular day or week.
Setting blanket programming days, weeks, months in advance is never a great solution because each gym will respond a little differently and there needs to be room for tweaks and changes to keep the progress going. Today is one of those days. By our plan we should be repeating Flight Simulator again. But we’re not. We’ve had some tough WODs and we’ve got some more coming up and Flight Simulator no longer fits with where our programming has gone. Instead of being tied to it we’re augmenting the plan to make it more effective for our gyms unique goals. That’s where the art is.
2 Min Max Effort Double Unders
– Rest 5 Min –
25 Candle Sticks
15 Ring Dips
5 Wall Climbs
7/15 Pause Front Squat (Heavy Single, then 3 singles at 85%)