There are two sides to CrossFit in 2017: CrossFit for general physical preparation (GPP) and CrossFit for sport. It has become all too common for almost every CrossFit affiliate to program specifically for competitors, while leaving the athlete looking to live a longer, healthier life somewhat behind. But how do you know if you’re at a spot that understands the difference?
1. Does your box have a designated strength day?
There’s no doubt that strength plays a key factor in staying healthy long term. Many studies actually show that muscle retention is the number one indicator of longevity. Lifting for strength is one of the best ways to ensure that you keep as much muscle as possible. Having a designated day focused on strength development plays two roles:
- Ensures proper technique.
- Allows your body time to build muscle, rather than going into a conditioning circuit and pushing back recovery time.
2. Is everything in your box’s programming scalable?
Competitor focused training is often much more restrictive than GPP, because athletes that want to compete in a sport have to work on advanced skills. If you want to play basketball in the NBA, your practice is going to look very different from a pick up game. If your coaches can’t change pieces of the workout to suit your needs, you’re probably at the wrong box.
One final thing to wrap up with. Your strength session should feel at least as hard as your MetCons, if not more. You should be going 110% on that strength day. If you cheat that session because it doesn’t make you sweaty and out of breath, you’re only really cheating yourself.