So I was trolling around some different affiliate websites and found a post at Catalyst CrossFit that got me thinking. Ultimately, it raised one simple question, “Why not just keep going?”.
I won’t get into the specifics too much, but it boils down to this. In any given workout you will pause to catch your wind. Initially the weight is relatively manageable, but it gets harder to maintain output as fatigue creeps on. This is how 99% of all CrossFit workouts play out, right?
Why stop to catch your breath when the weight has become more than you can handle at that given moment? Why not lighten the bar a little and just keep moving?
To what end, you might be asking. How would this benefit an athlete. Let’s look at the two examples provided by the post. In the first the author referred to watching CF Level 1 coaches work out at the lunch break. They were using the “Death By…” protocol for cleans. Once they reached the limit on their cleans the kept on moving into the next round with push ups following the same protocol. After they tapped out on push ups, squats came next. In the next example, an athlete would simply move to a lighter bar rather than stopping and hovering over the 95# used for Fran when he gassed out.
What is the point of all of this? I think the author of the post put it best when the term “output threshold training” was used. Train to push your level of output further by keeping going. One of the biggest parts of CrossFit is developing overall capacity to perform work is it not? How can overall capacity not be developed with such training?
AMRAP: 15 minutes
80 Double Unders
10 Front Squats (135#/95#)
30 Hollow Rocks