February 27, 2018
Why the CrossFit Group Training Model Will Eventually Fail for You
WRITTEN BY Jesse O'Brien

Jesse O’Brien here. I am a previous CrossFit affiliate and have been a part of the CrossFit community since 2008. I have seen the tremendous growth of CrossFit, the evolution and even some of their shortcomings. Now don’t get me wrong. CROSSFIT WAS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL component of my early adult life. It was the gateway to physical subculture. Olympic lifting, gymnastics, mixed modal high intensity training...

What I witnessed through my own training, as well as through countless of our clients, was stagnating results, the higher their training age. Our clients would get incredible results for the first 12-24 months, but after a while, they would begin to see halted progress, and in some cases, decreased markers of fitness.

Zack was one of those clients. This guy was massively strong and hungry to succeed in the Sport of Fitness, yet he stopped seeing the results he was looking for with his CrossFit Group Class Training. His snatch stalled at 155 due to overhead mobility and stability, as well limited exposure to the movement. Doing snatches once every 3 weeks in CrossFit Group Classes, was not in line with where he wanted to go.

CrossFit is not the problem. In fact, CrossFit is the most revolutionary model of fitness that we have ever seen. There are more people following CrossFit, than any other fitness following to date. People get incredible results, they get stronger, leaner and often get into the best shape of their lives. The problem is that in order to spread CrossFit to the masses, CrossFit built a platform to do this… GROUP CLASS TRAINING. If you are looking for a results oriented program, this is not the best way to train.

Introducing Individual Program Design. A program tailored to your goals, lifestyle and your current state of fitness. A client comes in and meets with an Experienced Strength and Conditioning Coach. They review the clients goals, training history and the motivation behind these goals. Then the client enters a testing period where objective data is collected to determine where to start, and a long-term plan of attack.

The secret that some people don’t realize is that training plateaus, are often avoidable, given the right model for success. You do not need to necessarily change anything, just the model in which it is performed.

If you are looking to continue to progress with your training, schedule a free consult with one of our Strength and Conditioning Coaches today to find out the progress that you may be leaving on the table.

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