At FirePower Kids, we have an athlete who joins us every summer for his dry land training. This year his coach’s recommendation for dry land training was a running program. At the end of the summer all players would need to complete a 5km run for time.
Well, this young athlete didn’t follow orders like his teammates and he continued to train in our summer athlete program 2-3 days a week.
He just completed his 5km run with an incredible time of 22 minutes! And he was first across the finish line.
So how is it that his teammates followed a strict running program all summer long while this athlete lifted weights, did gymnastics, some running and rowing, jumped rope and over boxes, and yet came in with the fastest time?
CrossFit works! Here’s why:
A running-only program taps into aerobic training. This helps increase endurance, stamina and speed. It does cause fat loss, but it can also cause muscle loss. Depending on the goals of the athlete, a running-only program has its advantages.
A CrossFit program that is designed using constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains, and incorporates weightlifting, gymnastics and monostructural movements is a recipe for success for any athlete who wants to get faster AND stronger… and this is exactly the result our athlete achieved.
So while this athlete experienced aerobic training, he also participated in many anaerobic programs (intense workouts under two minutes, interval training.) This is where he developed cardiovascular and respiratory endurance AND power, strength, speed, stamina, agility, flexibility, accuracy of movement, balance and coordination… the complete package to optimize one’s fitness performance. CrossFit works!
Jackie Clark, CrossFit L2, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Kids
FirePower Kids, Head Coach
[note: athlete shown in photo is not the athlete referenced in this article]