People are confused about many things these days, every thing from politics to gender to eating habits and so forth.

One thing I have noticed as a coach is people are confused about what it takes to improve various aspects of their health and fitness.

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A person came to my gym “to get strong” so they said, yet they didn’t understand what it takes to get that way. They thought getting all sweaty and collapsing on the floor out of breath was the path to getting strong.

As we worked through our warm up, technique practice, and on into our work sets they just didn’t get it

We work to establish a solid foundation of basics with correct technique before we allow people to lift heavy. It should be simple to understand, but for many it isn’t.

Some people really are chasing the experience rather than the results.

They think if they are not “crawling out the door” at the end, then they didn’t really workout.

We spend a lot of days doing heavy sets of 1 to 5 reps, which to someone who wants to feel like they just did 100 burpees it just doesn’t match their expectations.

However incorrect their expectations are, that is not how we build strength at the Cave.

Once a person has good technique on the basic lifts, we ramp it up.

We also add in a variety of training tools that are not commonly used in many gyms. This requires learning more basics. You might be good at barbell lifts, but try a heavy keg, sandbag, or stone and see what happens.

They just want it to be fast and furious, to feel the rush, and their heart feeling like it will burst out of their chest.

That is all fine if they want to build muscle endurance, aerobic capacity, etc.

Metcons definitely have their purpose in overall conditioning, people just shouldn’t confuse the different types of training and program design.

 

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  1. Gary Larrison says:

    Frank as a coach I could not agree more! I attended a CF Box where Strength training was put on the backburner and metcons were the mainstay no matter your strength level. The old adage “putting the cart before the horse” hold true in these circumstance. I love how you hold true to your core values….that is rare and to be admired.

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