Why We Take a Strength Biased Approach to CrossFit
As a coach who has been in the fitness industry for years, I have seen a lot of misconceptions about the CrossFit methodology. One of the most common misconceptions is that CrossFit is all about high-intensity group workouts, and that traditional strength training has no place in this approach. However, as someone who has coached both CrossFit and traditional strength training programs, I can tell you that these two methods can complement each other quite well.
The CrossFit methodology is based on constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. This approach can help people improve their overall fitness by challenging them to perform a wide variety of movements, from gymnastics to weightlifting to endurance work. While CrossFit workouts can certainly help people build strength, they are not necessarily designed to help people maximize their strength gains.
This is where traditional strength training programs come in. By incorporating a traditional strength program alongside their CrossFit workouts, athletes can take their strength gains to the next level. Strength training programs typically involve lifting heavier weights for fewer reps, with a focus on specific movements like squats, deadlifts, and bench press. By incorporating these movements into their training regimen, athletes can improve their technique and build more strength in the specific areas where they need it.
Another benefit of adding a traditional strength program to a CrossFit routine is that it can help prevent injury. While CrossFit workouts are designed to challenge athletes and push them to their limits, they can also put a lot of stress on the body. By building up strength in specific areas, athletes can help reduce their risk of injury and perform better in their CrossFit workouts.
So, how can you incorporate a traditional strength program into your CrossFit routine? One approach is to dedicate one or two days a week to traditional strength training, focusing on specific movements like the squat, deadlift, and bench press. These workouts can be done separately from your CrossFit workouts, or they can be incorporated into your CrossFit routine as a warm-up or cool-down. Or within the constantly varied approach you have dedicated upper, lower, and cardio-based days throughout your programming. There are many ways to do it!
Ultimately, the key is to find a balance that works for you. By incorporating both CrossFit and traditional strength training into your routine, you can build a strong, healthy body that is ready to take on any challenge. As always, it’s important to work with a qualified coach who can help you design a program that meets your specific needs and goals.