Starting Monday, November 2, we will begin a new block of programming at BCF and CF Route 7. This programming block will be 2 months long, running through the end of the year.
The goals for this block of programming will be to focus on developing and testing peak strength for barbell movements (squats, deadlifts, presses, Olympic lifts, etc.). Peak strength is the maximal ability to produce force or, in the most simple terms, the heaviest weights you can lift. We will also begin putting a bigger focus on developing gymnastics strength/skills. The first phase of this will involve a focus on strict gymnastics strength. Mastering the strict versions of our gymnastics movements will allow you to more safely and efficiently execute the dynamic and skill-based “kipping” versions of these movements. During this time, our approach to the conditioning portion of our program will be mostly unchanged.
Some overall themes you can expect to see in our barbell strength training this block are:
- Lower repetitions (Mostly 1-3 rep range)
- More full Olympic lifts (Squat cleans/snatches from ground, Split jerks, etc.)
- 1 Rep Max testing towards the end of this block
- Continuation of our back squat and deadlift progressions
Some overall themes you can expect to see in our gymnastics strength/skill training this block are:
- More gymnastics strength/skill days per week
- More focus on strict gymnastics strength
- Specific development for muscle ups/pull ups, handstand push ups, and handstand walks
- Testing of muscle up/pull up and handstand proficiency
- Gymnastics movements in metcons on a regular basis (muscle ups, pull ups, pistols, toes to bar, handstand walking, etc.)
The reasons for the direction of this programming block are as follows:
You have all increased your general barbell strength and Olympic weightlifting skills over the course of this year. We will continue to develop these attributes by lifting heavier weights at a lower volume (less reps per set). As we come closer to the CrossFit Open in the spring we want to have our gymnastics skills dialed in so that we are able to implement them more regularly in metcons and safely perform these movements with more intensity.
As we look ahead in our programming moving toward the CrossFit Open in the spring you can expect to see us continue with our strength maintenance work to preserve the strength we have built this year. We will also continue to sharpen up our conditioning with higher intensity, anaerobic metcons. Starting in January you can expect the programming to transition toward prepping specifically for the CrossFit Open. During that time, you can expect a higher volume of intense and strategy-based conditioning work, benchmark workouts, as well as CrossFit-specific skills practice.
We are very excited to roll out this new programming and see all of the improvements that our members will make!!!
If you have questions or comments, please let us know.