Over the last few weeks we introduced and experimented with new programming. These changes were the result of a number of factors including discussions over the last few months with some of the top thinkers and coaches in CrossFit. However, we never change our goal, what follows is a quick summary of our thinking:
Our Goal is to coach every Silverback to reach their genetic potential. Even more simply stated; helping you create the best you. No matter where you are started or where you are right now we want the safest, most effective and efficient journey to optimal health and performance.
Competition: When Coach Glassman would explain why CrossFit needed community, “If you want the best quarter mile out an athlete, put another athlete next to them”. Competition is an integral part of CrossFit because it is an integral part of human behavior. The CrossFit Games showcase the elite of the elite, where genetics, training and timing all merge in a pinnacle event. The CrossFit OPEN is our opportunity as a community and individuals to realize our progress and success relative to other athletes and boxes the world over. Last year over 240,000 people participated. The results are maintained in a database where we can measure our progress based on gender, age or geography. We will use the OPEN as the lynch pin for our training calendar.
A rising tide raises all ships: CrossFit has always promised elite fitness and keeps setting the bar higher and so should we. It’s a fact that you program to your strengths and by default that means avoiding weaknesses as well and we have been no different. Our new programming is going to challenge everyone. Don’t get frustrated while we attack our limitations and blind spots, this is growth, this is bullet proofing. Under our revised methodology we may only have a few Rx in a day, I’m OK with that. Wouldn’t you be suspicious if you walked into a dojo where 85% of the students were black belts. Coaches will continue to scale the loads and movements so they are appropriate to push you to the edge and not over.
No more stratified classes: It goes in the face of the core concept of CF training as broad and inclusive, not to mention the community. Originally recommended as part of a business strategy, I tried it and I don’t like it. I didn’t like the baby pool effect of the beginner class and I don’t like our most advanced athletes not leading by example and spurring on their fellow athletes. The greatness of our box lies in our willingness to not just work harder but the mutual support and suffering of all of those around us.
As much training as you want : Frequently we will have “Next Level” training that goes beyond our standard hour of training. EVERYONE is invited to take part. Next Level training represents skills, strength and endurance training that we need to maximize our performance gains, but simply doesn’t fit in our hour format. The “Next Level” training isn’t secret sauce; it’s just gravy for the steak and taters in the regular class.
We CrossFit because it gets results unlike anything before. We love CrossFit because we constantly do things we never imagined could.. At Silverback we program to get results and create opportunities for real achievement and recognition for it. A ladder is fun to climb but painful and boring place to stand.