Strength is broccoli….

jonom

There are many things that differentiate CrossFit programming from other forms of training.

The emphasis on functional movements.

The virtuosity that is encouraged and respected of those movements.

The high intensity those movements are executed with.

The importance of expert coaching.

The support, motivation and general awesomeness of the community.

And a lot of strength training.

Strength is often left out of an otherwise well rounded program because;

- its more technical/difficult to teach vs bodyweight movements.

- it's not perceived to be as valuable as more conditioning/cardio based work (especially when weight loss is the primary goal)

- it often doesn't feel like you've actually worked that hard, especially compared to a brutal metcon.

- it's often not thought to be as 'fun' as conditioning circuits and intervals.

But strength is the fitness quality that all other qualities are derived from - power, agility, speed, endurance and others.  As our body has so many different energy systems, and as there are so many things that can be improved and developed, sometimes we have to do the slower, more methodical work if we want well rounded fitness and the best results possible.

As was so eloquently put in a book I read recently, Welcome To The Box, "strength and skill work is broccoli, conditioning is dessert."

You got to eat your broccoli before you can eat dessert!!

FITNESS

A.

Press

5 x 5, heavy

B.

4mins Row (1 point per cal)

3mins Russian Swings (2 points per rep)

2mins Wallballs (3 points per rep)

1min Burpee Plate Jump Over (4 points per rep)

PERFORMANCE

A.

Press

5 x 5 all heavy

B.

4mins Row (1 point per cal)

3mins KB Swings 24/16kg (2 points per rep)

2mins Thrusters 60/35kg (3 points per rep)

1min Burpee Plate Jump Over (4 points per rep)

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