CrossFit For Sports Performance?
When it comes to improving athletic performance, there isn’t exactly a perfect way to do. Sit ten strength coaches down in a room, and you’ll get ten different training programs for one specific athlete.
That’s one of the great things about sports performance training…that so many options are available. However, we do know that there are basic training principles that need to be applied to all training, and this is no different for athletics.
One major question we get asked at Terre Haute Intensity Resistance and Sports Training (THIRST), is what our opinion is on CrossFit for athletes.
As a coach that’s worked with athletes for over a decade, I’ve never once seen a CrossFit style workout used to train athletes. In the video below, I discuss some of the short comings of using CrossFit for athletes, and how improvements can be made.
In the video, I discuss the following topics:
– Principle of Overload
– General Physical Preparedness (GPP) for Athletes
– Energy System Development and Specificity
– Arm and Hip Care for the Athlete
– Mobility and Stability Concerns
– Hard Workouts Vs. Good Workouts
– Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Model
Overall, I think there can be some benefits, but I truthfully don’t believe the benefits of CrossFit outweigh the negatives when it comes to athletic performance and sports performance training.