Good programming is like primo CrossFit currency. After all, good programming builds great athletes right? However, if that were true, why do so many great athletes, have such different currency?
My job allows me to interview athletes from all over. I often get to learn the ins and outs of their days and lives, and respect them all the more for it, and their individuality. In fact, when I write about them, all I wish to do is make the audience learn a little more about the person I have a profound respect for.
But I am no reporter, to me reporters repeat facts. I believe life is much more than statistics on paper. I am a CrossFitter who loves to write. I am a CrossFitter who desires to use words as a tool urging the non-CrossFitter to come play in our sandbox. I am a CrossFitter who loves CrossFit, and I am a fan of the athlete and what they are willing to do to become so much more than a fact on paper. And one thing remains the same no matter how much CrossFit changes, the best always become their best in very different ways.
When it comes to good CrossFit programming, admittedly some are better than others. Make no mistake, and take nothing away for well planned and processed movement allotment, but don’t be fooled for a second; there is never a substitute for the athlete performing said programming. In effect programming is what you make of it, not what it makes of you.
I have collected data, had numerous conversations with athletes and coaches throughout the years, and I now believe more so than ever, that the secret sauce is one part movement and mixing and so forth. But without the base the athlete brings to the table, the competitive recipe can only go so far. After all, how could so many amazing athletes do things so differently when it comes to programming, and all still achieve super human results, unless they were already a little super human before they entered the program. But not physically super human as much as mentally.
The top guy in the CrossFit world does so much volume it would kill most people. Conversely, another top CrossFit athletes across the country, also headed to games, is lucky to get 1.5 hours of gym time five days a week. Another athlete may attend schooling for 12+ hours a day only to find themselves training as an after thought, right before they pass out ready to do it all over again the next day. Sure they all are CrossFitting, but they all are doing very different versions of it. So what gives? If programing is not the secret strength, speed, and awesome maker it is hallowed to be, then what is?
After my 12 plus years of training and dieting humans from all walks of life, combined with watching and developing CrossFit athletes for the last five years, I can tell you this about programing with outright honesty, and 100% assurance, weather you want to believe it or not. Desire is 90% of CrossFit results, programming is 10%.
Programming is a very important 10% and without it even the best shall fail, but without the desire, which becomes intensity, which breeds vicious loyalty and dedication, no amount of intelligent design will make a champion in mind if it does not already exist. Good programming allows the super human mind full of desire to flourish, it does not create anything.
This is a testament to humans, to you and to me, to every CrossFitter out there. Not a single human is standing on the CrossFit podium today because they found an awesome programmer, they are their because they decided to be awesome. Thankfully, we all contain that ability. What sets us apart is that very few of us are willing to do what is required to be everything we are fully capable of being.
You can stop searching for the holy grail of training right now. I just told you where it was. It’s in you, and it always has been. There are more fun programs than others. There are truly better versions of CrossFit, in my opinion, as it relates to games athletes but all of that is nowhere nears as important as you are, the one who will be following a plan to greatness.The reason we look for new programs, and the reason why many people are seduced by the thousands of existing designs lingering on Facebook today is because humans place blame rather than accept responsibility.
It is, and always will be, so much easier to accept the fact that your not fast enough, strong enough, or durable enough because you haven’t found the right “program.” It’s not your fault you didn’t win, it’s the program that failed you, right? It’s far too difficult to swallow that your program, and most programs are just fine, the simple fact remains, you still haven’t committed to giving it your all, and until you do, you will never be happy endlessly searching for perfection that does not exists externally. You will never find joy while constantly lying to yourself.
But maybe I am all wrong. Maybe somebody somewhere has a cookie cutter formula for perfect. Pop a newbie CrossFitter in the oven at around 400° for 16 months and whala, out comes the next games winner. If that be the case, awesome, I will be your biggest fan, and I will start by telling all the top CrossFitters, “sorry, but your doing that wrong.”
Complete (50) reps of the following.
-Box Jumps 20/24
-45lb Push press
-Knee 2 elbow
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