Month: November 2016

The Future Of Fitness With Mike, Doug, And Crew – Episode 236


And… We’re Back!

I want to start off by recognizing our team of incredible coaches who stepped up and led the Barbell Shrugged show through the better part of 2016. Chris “CTP” Norman, Mike McGoldrick, Alex Maclin, Kurt Mullican, and Mike McElroy, we have have nothing but gratitude for your work.

Doug and I are returning to the show stronger than ever with new vigor and we’re bringing Dr. Andy Galpin and Kenny Kane along for the ride. Galpin and Kane will be regular co-hosts and resident experts in their respective fields of Sport Science and Coaching. We’re excited that we will be able to create a really rich experience for you with their presence.

On today’s show we dive deep into the future of CrossFit, and Strength and Conditioning. We also get into a great discussion about the future of coaching. It’s not going to look anything like it does today. From each one of our perspectives we share what we’re currently seeing and where we think it’s going.

Enjoy!

Mike Bledsoe

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CrossFit Kids Research Brief: Bone Density

A recent paper in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found that increased bone mineral content (BMC) and bone mineral density (BMD) in childhood are positively associated with time spent doing high-impact physical activities (PA), even for those with a genetic risk of low bone mass in adulthood (1).

A concern over BMC and BMD generally arises in those over 60 years old, when low bone mass and osteoporosis can occur. However, the time of maximal bone mineral accretion occurs as puberty begins reaching a maximal rate in females at 12.5 and males at 14.1 years old (2). This period also corresponds to a time of maximal height velocity (2). Therefore, actions that can affect this process during this window of opportunity are important to consider; indeed, “the magnitude of peak bone mass attained in young adulthood is an important predictor of osteoporosis later in life” (2).

The National Osteoporosis Foundation published a position statement in 2015 listing the factors that can influence peak bone-mass development throughout life (2). The most direct is an individual’s genes, explaining 60-80 percent of the measured differences (2). The remaining 20-40 percent include factors such as macronutrients, micronutrients, unhealthy habits (smoking, drinking, etc.) and PA (2). Despite years of research, the foundation concluded that only PA and calcium have a “strong” body of evidence behind their relationship with skeletal health; vitamin D is listed as “moderate” (2).

Mitchell et al. (1) investigated the relationship between PA and BMC as well as BMD in children from 5 to 19 years old. As many as 918 individuals were tracked for up to six years, responding to PA questionnaires and undergoing dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans (1). Total PA time was positively associated with higher scores for BMC and BMD (1). In fact, the association was driven solely by time spent doing high-impact PA; low-impact PA showed no statistically significant relationships with skeletal health (1).

The questionnaires stated that low-impact PA included such activities as biking, bowling, climbing stairs, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, gardening, golfing, hiking, hockey, kayaking, inline skating, rowing, sit-ups, skating, snowboarding, surfing, swimming, walking, waterskiing and yoga (1). Examples of high-impact PA were listed as aerobics/dancing, basketball, baseball, football, gymnastics, jogging/running, jump rope, lacrosse, martial arts, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, volleyball and weightlifting (1).

Additionally, the positive associations with high-impact PA remained even in children with below-average BMC and BMD scores (1). Below-average scores might suggest an underlying genetic risk, and it would be noteworthy that PA associations remained. In order to assess this question directly, DNA from the participants was analyzed and given a genetic risk score. Each sample was screened for 67 genetic variants (single nucleotide polymorphisms) that have been associated with bone-mass differences in adults (none of the genes involved in the disorder osteogenesis imperfect were examined); the more variants detected, the higher the genetic risk score. The association of BMC and BMD with high-impact PA held regardless of the genetic risk score (1). Even if an individual has a genetic predisposition for lower bone mass as an adult, high-impact PA can still provide a benefit.

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Increasing time spent doing high-impact PA as a youth is a simple and direct way to improve skeletal health. As further evidence, Ishikawa et al. (3) state in their meta-analysis, “Our findings support previous research highlighting the advantage of performing high-impact, weight-bearing activity on bone mineral accrual during prepubescence and imply that even non-competitive levels of weight-bearing exercise can exert a positive influence on the bone health of young girls.”

The ease of implementing these types of exercises is highlighted in a study from Queensland, Australia, by Weeks et al. (4). Eighty-one adolescents in the intervention group had an added “10 min of directed jumping activity at the beginning of every physical education (PE) class, that is, twice per week for 8 mo, excluding holidays” (4). Jumping activities included jumps, hops, tuck jumps, jump squats, etc. Improved bone mass was observed for both genders compared to controls who only participated in regular PE (4).

One of the programming directives offered at the CrossFit Specialty Course: Kids is including impact-loading exercises on a daily basis. This simple addition results in meaningful and significant benefits not only in terms of the improved fitness it generates through these plyometric exercises but also with respect to increased skeletal health in the long term.

References

1. Mitchell JA et al. Physical activity benefits the skeleton of children genetically predisposed to lower bone density in adulthood. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 31(8): 1504-12, 2016.

2. Weaver CM et al. The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s position statement on peak bone mass development and lifestyle factors: A systematic review and implementation recommendations. Osteoporosis International 27(4): 1281-1386, 2016.

3. Ishikawa S, Kim Y, Kang M and Morgan DW. Effects of weight-bearing exercise on bone health in girls: A meta-analysis. Sports Medicine 43(9): 875-92, 2013.

4. Weeks BK, Young CM and Beck BR. Eight months of regular in-school jumping improves indices of bone strength in adolescent boys and girls: The POWER PE study. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 23(7): 1002-11, 2008.

About the Author: Jon Gary received a doctorate in molecular biology from UCLA. He is a CrossFit Level 3 Trainer and a staff member for the CrossFit Specialty Course: Kids. He’s been doing CrossFit since 2003. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and coaches teenagers at CrossFit Escudo.

Photo credits (in order): Joe Vaughn/CrossFit MouseTrap, Brittany Shamblin

Bench Press Myths: Debunked Beliefs By Pros

A lot of men trust that making your flat back against the bench is the best position when executing bench presses. This is not true though. You don’t have to feel bad about this. Most were taught that a flat back is the right position to avoid injuries. Sorry to say but this isn’t the case.

Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S. explains that there is a big difference between hyperextending your back and forming a natural arc. Creating an arc helps you wrap your shoulders around the bench. Doing so enhances your stability and lets your muscles stretch.

The Bench Press Myth Most Men Believe That Could Get You Hurt

On the other hand, lying flat rounds your shoulders – increasing your risk for shoulder injury and puts you in a less-than-ideal position to engage your chest muscles, he says. Watch the video to see the difference. Read more…

Check out these amazing tips from T-Nation. There are things that you need to know about this exercise. Did you know that your big triceps won’t be able to help you out if you can’t break through the sticking point off the chest? You’ve got to stop the board and floor press and start working on the incline and overhead press.

For a solid bench press foundation and stable bar path, you’ll need to develop your traps and scapular retractors. Pay more attention to these two rather than your lats.

Another thing: the bench press can be considered as a great exercise for your shoulders only when performed using a nice technique and along with common sense.

4 Bench Press Lies

The misinterpreted words of multi-ply powerlifters has trickled down to the masses. And now, raw (no bench shirt) lifters are experiencing undue suffering and frustration as a side effect. Read more…

Some people believe that this exercise is a mass or shaping exercise. Well, there is no such thing according to Gaining Weight. This myth was derived from the amount of weight that an individual could lift in a given exercise.

Let’s take this one as an example. If you place eight reps on a press then eight reps on a cable fly, the pec itself was subjected to the same load. The actual pounds used were different for each exercise. This means you shouldn’t confuse the weight you see with the force that is placed on the muscle.

Some Facts and Myths about the Bench Press

Often many people fail to consider the fact that various exercises create different mechanical leverage systems that make it hard to see just how much force is truly placed on a muscle group. A relatively lightweight placed far from the joint may create as much force as a heavier weight located closer to the joint. Read more…

Check out this video from ATHLEAN-X about “The Flat Bench INCLINE PRESS.”

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Happy to be Last and Alive

Thirty days after a stem-cell transplant, Timmon Lund joined CrossFit St. Paul.

“I wanted to get healthy again.”

Nine months earlier, at 33, Lund had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The cancer limits the body’s ability to fight infection as it progresses. Chemotherapy and radiation are common treatments; stem-cell transplants are not.

CrossFit, he said, was a way to get back in shape.

But Lund only made it through the third week of the Minnesota affiliate’s month-long on-ramp program before he noticed a constriction in his neck whenever he so much as put a PVC pipe overhead. For nearly a week, his head would get swollen and he would feel dizzy. It was August 2013.

“When I relapsed, I knew it (before I saw the doctor) because I felt it.”

At that point, Lund had already endured two chemotherapy treatments—one in December 2012, the other in March 2013—before being approved for the autologous stem-cell transplant, requiring stem cells from his own body.

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That constriction in his neck turned out to be a new tumor squeezing his windpipe and blood vessels. Lund began chemotherapy treatment for a third time. Doctors hoped for positive results so the former railroad supervisor could be approved for an allogeneic stem-cell transplant, requiring stem cells from a matching donor.

Treatment was every other Friday. Immediately after each session, Lund went straight to the box for a “little piece of normal.”

He said: “I threw up a lot in class.”

Still, he was gaining strength.

“My doctors could see improvements.”

The treatment worked. At first. Then it didn’t. One of his oncologists, Dr. Hengbing Wang, layered on a second chemotherapy treatment called bendamustine, a nitrogen mustard.

“They were throwing whatever they could at the wall,” Lund explained.

He added: “But it actually worked.”

The tumors were gone. Lund was still working out. And he qualified for the transplant, which would require a 30-day hospital stay. During that time, Jesse Quinn, one of CrossFit St. Paul’s coaches, stopped by to work out with Lund. Doctors discharged Lund two weeks early because he was recovering so well.

CFSML-Lund-Cecil_photo1_courtesy Timmon Lund.jpg Coach Jesse Quinn (left) stopped by the hospital to work out with Lund.

Nearly 30 days after the second transplant, though, bad news came once again. A PET scan found more tumors. Lund had to undergo 25 rounds of radiation.

“That was probably the worst of all the different rounds of chemo I did,” he said. “I didn’t have a good response to that either.”

Recurring pneumonia made for multiple hospital stays.

Doctors worked to get Lund into clinical trials, racking their brains for anything that might work.

By late summer 2014, Lund was back on the bendamustine. It wasn’t working. Doctors tried other treatments.

“They were kind of at the end of the rope,” Lund said.

Now it was December. Lund had had a tumor in his liver so large he couldn’t sit up for months. All he could do was lie down and take his prescribed narcotics.

“We almost lost him,” Wang said.

The oncologist petitioned for Lund to be included in an experimental immunotherapy treatment for which he had been previously denied. He would be among the first people to ever try it. He was approved.

On Dec. 19, 2014, days after beginning the therapy, Lund was able to sit up on the couch for a couple of minutes. It was the first time he was able to do that in months.

About two months later, doctors suspended the treatment because they were concerned over Lund’s lung toxicity. Lund hasn’t needed treatment since. He had been on round-the-clock oxygen for roughly half a year and was eventually able to wean off it. He was back at CrossFit by fall 2015.

“I’m the weakest, the slowest, the last for everything, and I have no problem with that. I’m smilin’ as I tell you that,” Lund said. “I’m back at it and I love it.”

When he first showed up at CrossFit St. Paul, all he wanted was to improve his fitness.

“In hindsight—I’m not saying that CrossFit cured my cancer or anything like that—but I know in my heart that it kept me healthy enough to keep me alive to get that medicine.”

CFSML-Lund-Cecil_photo5_Alex Tubbs.jpg Lund believes his fitness kept him healthy enough to fight.

Lund continued: “That’s one of the reasons why, as soon as I could, I wanted to get back at it.”

Wang credited Lund’s fitness and positive attitude for his ability to endure chemotherapy, radiation and two transplants.

“(They) helped him not only physically but psychologically deal with the disease and deal with the treatment and made the whole thing easier, for sure,” the doctor said.

National cancer guidelines are now recognizing the importance of exercise for cancer patients, Wang added.

Still, Lund’s story is special, he said.

“He’s considered a miracle.”

About the Author: Andréa Maria Cecil is assistant managing editor and head writer of the CrossFit Journal.

Photo credits (in order): Paul Begich, Courtesy of Timmon Lund, Alex Tubbs

The Pros and Cons of Scaling Workouts – Episode 235


What’s up Crew!

Do you have any clients or friends, that no matter what you say, absolutely refuse to “scale” a workout?

We all know that bro, who has something to prove…

The guy who has no business doing “Fran” as prescribed, but his ego is harder to stop than

…a stone cold stunner

…a CrossFitter not talking about Crossfit around his family at Thanksgiving

…a new podcast coming out with the name barbell something

…boners in a class room

…blue balls while grinding at a high school dance

(choose your own adventure)

….and ends up going through with it any way.

This week Coach McElroy is back with us and we discuss what it means to properly “scale” workouts.

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Specifically how to figure out what the goal for each workout is and how to adjust it accordingly to your fitness level so you can get the most out of that training session.

We cover how to adjust movements based on safety and efficacy so that the goal of that training session is reached. This is applied to a group and individual setting. So if you’re someone at home who trains on your own, and you see a workout that you’re not quite sure you should be doing the prescribed movements, reps or weight, this episode will help guide you.

Enjoy!

McG

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Brian Riley: Learning to Walk Again

Brian Riley was exposed to CrossFit while serving as a Marine, but an injury overseas forced him to relearn everything. Now he’s putting his experiences as an adaptive athlete to good use at CrossFit Del Mar in San Diego, California.

Riley was stationed in Afghanistan when he took a medium-machine-gun round to the lower left leg. The injury resulted in a below-the-knee amputation.

After returning home, he began attending CrossFit Del Mar’s free Wednesday classes for Wounded Warriors.

“It was kind of an eye-opening experience … how much the biomechanics change when you don’t have an ankle, and then how much stays the same,” Riley says.

The coaching team at CrossFit Del Mar soon realized that Riley had much to contribute to the community. They sent him to a Level 1 Certificate Course. He became a Level 2 Trainer soon after.

Now he’s using what he’s learned about himself to help other adaptive athletes discover what they’re capable of.

Video by Eric Maciel.

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Additional reading: “Warriors on the Waves” by Andréa Maria Cecil, Dave Re and Naveen Hattis, published April 19, 2014.

Upper Body Fitness Plan: Here’s a Complete Guide

Paige Kumpf from Sierra Trading Post says that with her experience as a fitness professional in a rock climbing center, her target was to train clients and help them develop bodies fit for rock climbing. These weren’t the typical gym-rats. These people were true climbers: motivated and disciplined.

Indoor or outdoor rock climbing is an incredible task. It creates strength, endurance and power. This activity requires a lot of your upper body power and strength as well as cardio and muscular endurance.

Rock It! An Upper Body Workout to Step Up Your Climbing Game

In fact, I specifically remember my forearms and hands begging for mercy at the top of my second climb, and feeling incredibly pumped when I got back down. The next day, my lats were reminding me of what I did the day before. Read more…

Men’s Fitness trusts this upper body workout to give awesome results. You can definitely make serious gains using this exercise. You can totally look at effective programs and you’ll find that the total number of reps for the exercises add up to 25. To make the most out of your exercises and add muscle to your arms, aim to reach this number of reps and you’ll get explosive results.

This kind of exercise routine is the answer. No matter what kind of equipment you have, you can surely build muscle, burn fat and get that toned physique.  Five sets of five, six sets of four, or eight sets of three can put some work in and along with challenging loads, you can be assured that it’s going to work.

The Best Upper Body Workout

Take Mark Wahlberg’s exclusive go-to arm workout, for example; this is the routine he uses to stay in tip-top shape whether he’s starring in The Fighter or Ted. To make the most of your workouts and add slabs of muscle to your bi’s and tri’s, shoot for this number of reps and your gains will add up too. Read more…

Breaking Muscle shares these five effective upper body strength routines. Find the one that’s best for you and get cracking.

There are quite a number of ways to do some resistance training. All you need to do is to work hard, train safely and progressively, document results, and allow appropriate recovery time. This is going to let your resistance training take its course and benefit you in the long run.

You can use a lot of tools and overload protocols in order to engagee the upper body muscles. There are a lot of options so these five programs will help you out. These are going to help you achieve your goals.

5 Effective And Simple Upper Body Strength Routines

There are chest, incline, and overhead presses, dips, pulldowns, low rows, and upright rows, and a variety of direct biceps and triceps exercises using barbells, dumbbells, and selectorized or plate-loading machine. And these can be done for high, medium, and low repetitions – or a combination of them – using various overload protocols. Read more…

Check this video from Weight Gain Network about the Muscle Building Workouts For Men: How To Get Bigger Arms, Shoulders, And Chest  

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As Prescribed: Santa Cruz

Welcome to weird.

That’s how Santa Cruz, California, is known.

For more than a decade, the sleepy Northern California beach town of 63,000 has used the same branding campaign to encompass its idiosyncrasies: “Keep Santa Cruz Weird.”

The city is a mere 30 miles south of Silicon Valley, home to the likes of Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Intel, Netflix and Tesla. But it couldn’t be more different.

As the San Jose Mercury-News once described, Santa Cruz’s branding “seems like a diagnosis more than anything else.”

Hippies, drum circles, a man walking around town in pink women’s clothing—it’s weird, all right. But Santa Cruz is more than its eccentricity. It teems with life: from outdoor activities among the towering Redwoods, along perfectly carved cliffs and on the Pacific Ocean’s pristine beaches to homegrown eateries offering fresh, local fare.

Plus, it offers CrossFit athletes something other cities can’t: insight into the methodology’s history.

To read the entire article, click here.

Programming Better Competitions

If you determine the size of the field before programming the events, you might be putting the collars on before the plates.

“I’ve got 100 athletes, 10 solid judges, 5,000 square feet and nine hours to run as many events as I can.”

How many organizers have said something like that when planning a fitness competition?

I’d suggest what they’ve really got is a programming nightmare.

Local Limits

One of the best parts of the CrossFit Games is that organizers have the freedom to do just about anything they want. Within reason, Dave Castro and the Games team are free from concerns about space, judges, equipment, scheduling and other issues that are front and center when programming a competition at the affiliate level. The Games certainly have some limits, but the boundaries are hazy fences near the horizon and leave a lot of room for creativity when finding the Fittest on Earth.

On the other hand, local fitness competitions are often hamstrung by a host of factors, though some larger multi-day events are less encumbered. Of course, the mandate of these events is not to find the fittest athlete on Earth; that’s the job of the CrossFit Games alone. But these local throwdowns are often intended to find the fittest person who competes, yet their format won’t actually allow them to do so.

A question: How many people have programmed a competition and chosen a max snatch over a max clean and jerk simply because less plates are involved?

Another question: How many competitions feature four or five events all in the same short time domain simply because longer events eat up too much of the day?

A final question: How many competition organizers ask “how can I accommodate the most athletes?” as opposed to “how many athletes can I accommodate while still finding the fittest person?”

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The All-Too-Common Scenario

Consider this: 100 athletes in a one-day competition starting at 8 a.m. Ignore for the moment space, judge, volunteer and equipment concerns.

If each heat of Event 1 takes seven minutes plus three minutes of transition time, you can run six heats an hour. You’ve got 100 athletes, and you can accommodate a maximum of 10 at a time. That’s 10 heats, putting you at 9:40 a.m., plus about 30 minutes of scoring catch-up and set-up/warm-up time for Event 2.

With the seven-minute time domain covered, Event 2, starting at 10:10 a.m., tests endurance—something in the 18-minute range, leaving two minutes between heats so you can run three per hour. That means you’ve got three hours, 20 minutes of competition if you run 10 athletes per heat. Suddenly it’s 1:30 p.m. Skip lunch and add in another 30 minutes for transition, bringing you to 2 p.m.

At this point, let’s say you want to test strength with squats. On the verge of rushing, you decide on a very brisk five minutes for each athlete to establish a 5-rep max, which limits the weight you’ll need. Ten athletes per heat with a minute between heats gives you 10 in an hour, driving the end of Event 3 somewhere near 3 p.m., with the next event starting at 3:30.

This is where things can get weird. Organizers often seek to avoid running into the evening by cutting the field substantially or serving all athletes a second event in the seven-to-10-minute time domain. The former approach usually creates scoring issues, and the latter often produces a redundant event that will still take the competition past 5 p.m.

You can, of course, start earlier or run later, but after nine to 10 hours spent in the gym, it’s usually time to hand out some prizes and set the competitors loose on the kind of post-event cheat meals that demand total coverage on Facebook and Instagram.

CFJ_Competition_Warkentin-3.jpg While resources are plentiful and don’t limit programming at the CrossFit Games, a simple shortage of medicine balls can force programmers to change events at the local level.

Reverse-Engineering Your Competition

Recall that in the above scenario we only considered time and assumed you had enough space and equipment, lots of great judges, and an army of volunteers who need only coffee and not lunch. We also ignored the need for scaling between divisions, weather concerns, crowd management and all the other issues that come up when trying to run a great competition.

You could try to solve the scheduling problem by adding a second day of competition or starting earlier and running later. But those solutions come with obvious drawbacks: A second day will eat up an entire weekend and a very long day is hard on both competitors and event staff.

To make the event work, organizers often commit a critical error by foregoing real tests of fitness in favor of crowd control in a gym that looks like a high-density cattle farm. “Work capacity over broad time and modal domains” becomes “work capacity over short time domains involving modalities dictated by space and equipment concerns”—far from ideal if you’re trying to determine the fittest person in the competition.

That’s not to criticize local competitions but rather to point out some inherent limitations and offer a possible solution.

CFJ_Competition_Warkentin-2.jpg Running is a great test of fitness, but planning a route for competitors can be very tricky.

All too often, I think competitions are set up to accommodate too many athletes, which is noble but ultimately impractical. In other cases, the number of athletes is determined by a desire to hit a certain profit margin: athletes x registration fee – costs = profit.

In either case, I think you’re setting yourself up for failure. I’d rather see a two-event competition that features just Cindy and Grace instead of a five-event competition in which the same person wins all events simply because they’re all relatively light and about five minutes long.

Here’s my recommendation: In the very early stages of planning a competition, program the events so they accomplish your goal. If that goal is finding the fittest—and I think it should be—then you have to measure work capacity across broad time and modal domains. You need to test strength, power, endurance, skill and more with various implements and movements in events that run from very short (think Fran) to relatively long (think Cindy or longer).

Keeping your goal in mind, program the best events you can while holding space, time, equipment and volunteer concerns in check for a moment. They’ll play a role in your planning, but they shouldn’t be the overriding concern at the outset. The main goal is creating a well-programmed event that tests overall fitness in one day—your “perfect competition.”

Once you’ve got what you believe to be a solid test of fitness, do the math on time, equipment and space and determine how many athletes you can reasonably accommodate. From there, figure out what you want to gross, divide by the athletes you can accommodate and set the price for entry. Remember: People will pay more for things that are better, and a great competition should cost more than a poorly planned event.

If the entry fees your calculations dictate are well above market value and turn athletes away, you might consider adjusting a too-aggressive profit margin and lowering the prices slightly so they create value for the competitor. I suspect many gyms use their own space and equipment and enjoy a lot of volunteer support, which keeps overhead low and sets up a high-margin windfall. It’s easy to get greedy in that situation and add in 10 more competitors when you should actually remove 10 spots to preserve the intent of the competition.

If you can float the boat with a reasonable entry fee, go forth and run the best fitness competition ever seen in your area—the kind of event that justifies its price and lures competitors back again next year.

If you can’t make the financial nut and feel tempted to mess with the workouts to accommodate more athletes, explore other options. Can you find more space or equipment somewhere? Is it feasible to add another day? And so on.

But don’t touch the programming. That should be off limits.

If you waver and start to feel like a rainbow sea of Nanos will trample your well-considered workouts into five five-minute burners that don’t actually test overall fitness, think long and hard about whether it’s worth running the “fitness competition” in the first place.

About the Author: Mike Warkentin is the managing editor of the CrossFit Journal and the founder of CrossFit 204.


Photo credits (in order): Matthew Tanner, Michael Frazier, Tai Randall

The Basic Principles of Program Design – Episode 234


Mike McElroy returns to the show and we talk programming.

Mike has been programming for Regionals-level athletes for years and is the wizard behind our very successful strength and conditioning program, the Shrugged Strength Challenge.

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If you’ve ever wondered where to even begin when thinking about designing a program this episode is a great starting point.  Admittedly most of the discussion is around programming for CrossFit, but some of the principles we discuss will still apply to those seeking other types of strength training program design.

We get asked all the time to do an introduction to programming concepts, so here you have it!  But by no means is this an end all be all discussion on programming, this is just meant to get the party started!

If you dig this and want to know more let us know and we can delve deeper in future episodes.

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