Good read Mike! I am happy you are fitting so well in TTT 😀 Prioritizing is really one of the hardest things to do in training, but it seems it is actually the key to success…Definetly something to think on.
Thanks, Joan. Glad you enjoyed the article. Be on the lookout for more content!
Any way you could elaborate on the aerobic work not carrying over to Crossfit? Do you think a strong weightlifter with poor conditioning couldn’t improve his Crossfit barbell style metcons with aerobic and high intensity work on a rower or any other type of equipment?
Hey James. Thanks for the comment and I’m happy to explain.
I definitely think there can be some carry over. If that athlete has a cardiac/breathing/pacing limitation and is somewhat new to the sport, then yes, doing cyclical work can definitely help their capacity improve. But what I was referring to is people using only cyclical work as a replacement of doing mixed Crossfit “met-cons” expecting it to create a sport specific response.
Let me use another example. Let’s say a mountain climber wants to train for Denali and the limitation is “endurance” based. So doing lots of cyclical aerobic work is a good way to improve their capacity for the long distance work. Spending a lot of time on the rower & the bike will help with this, and they will get great adaptions on those devices, but there still needs to be a LOT of time spent actually climbing for it to translate directly to their “sport.” They need a LOT of simulation of climbing, maintaining good breathing mechanics and posture under load for an extended period of time.
So using cyclical work as an offseason tool is great, and should definitely be something that is touched out throughout a season for energy system maintenance and recovery, but the athlete still needs a lot of time doing the sport specifically in training. Rowing for 20 minutes is just not the same as doing box jumps and clean & jerks for 20 minutes. You can’t simulate the same spike in blood pressure and demands for breathing under tension that high contraction speed movements like box jumps & touch and go clean and jerks create. That’s a skill that needs to be practiced.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you’d like me to expand any further.
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