Programming: What is the story for March

As you may have noticed, we have been following a very similar template for the past 3 months. The focus for the first 6 weeks of the cycle was placed heavily on upper body stability and upper pushing strength. The reason for this you ask! Well in the past testing phase these areas were highlighted as a weakness. So in the search for general physical preparedness and in the words of Greg Glassman, “Nothing will improve your fitness more than finding a weakness and turning it into a strength”.

So what’s in store for the remainder of the phase? As you may have noticed we are lifting heavy and often, our conditioning has moved from longer aerobic (sustainable) pieces to shorter, higher-powered work that resembles your ‘typical CrossFit-type’ workouts. These workouts may produce the “I’m going to throw up” response as they produce higher levels of lactate. But with the previous months of aerobic workouts your ability to sustain a higher work output has increased and is thus demonstrated through increased fitness.

As we progress towards the end of the month you will see a substantial drop in volume but an increase in intensity! This is where your recovery and regeneration work plays a high importance in keeping you functioning optimally. This drop in volume and increase in intensity will culminate in our testing phase: a week of assessments to see where you are strong and where our weakness lay.

This may be something you want to avoid, however it is extremely important to take part as this tells us as coaches how you are improving. Our job is to get you fitter and healthier, whether you are a competitive person or just want to get a little bit better, knowing if you are improving helps us provide you with what you deserve, and that is the best possible service and value for money.

I look forward to seeing you all at testing and to a mountain of personal bests.

Coach Lee

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